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Project CivicsNZ aims to build the social capital and empowerment of New Zealand citizens.

NCEA Review 2018

The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally. Now it’s your chance to have your say.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA. See the Ministry of Education website for more information.

1 August 2017: Wellington Rotary Forum event
Wendy spoke as part of a panel at the Wellington Rotary Forum: Impossible dreams for Wellington. In her presentation, Wendy focused on five characteristics of great cities: creativity, connectivity, certainty, choice and courage. You can read more about the event and view Wendy’s PowerPoint presentation on our blog.


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May 2018: Think Piece 29 – Civics and Citizenship in New Zealand: A case for change?
This think piece summarises the findings outlined in the November 2017 Policy Quarterly article and includes updated data from the 2017 election. Read the think piece here.

May 2018: Working Paper 2018/02 – Civics and Citizenship Education in New Zealand Schools
This working paper builds on the preliminary draft published on the CivicsNZ website in early 2017 as Working Paper 2017/11, incorporating the findings from the May 2017 civics event. Read the working paper here.

November 2017: Civics and Citizenship Education in New Zealand: A case for change? Policy Quarterly article
The article written by Todd Krieble (patron of the Institute) and Danijela Tavich (Master of Public Policy student) was informed by the 17 May 2017 Civics workshop evening (see 2017 newsletter here) and was published by Policy Quarterly. It forms part of the work we have been doing around a national strategy for civics and citizenship education in schools and in the community, as recommended by the Constitutional Advisory Panel. The Policy Quarterly article can be found here.

October 2017: Nation Dates third edition
The third edition of the McGuinness Institute’s signature book Nation Dates was published in October and officially launched by Dame Claudia Orange, a patron of the Institute, at Unity Books on 2 November 2017. Copies of Nation Dates are available on our online store or at your local bookshop for $35.


10 August 2017: #GummonMateVote Pasifika youth voter engagement initiative
The initiative #GummonMateVote – ‘It’s just two ticks’ aimed to increase voter engagement specifically among Pasifika youth. This specific focus on youth came from the 2011 StrategyNZ: Mapping our Future workshop, where 18–25 year olds were identified as a group particularly at risk of disengagement. The idea was to provide T-shirts to young Pasifika people who would then record a video and post it on social media to promote voting engagement. See some of the videos here or learn more about the initiative on our blog. The photo below right is of a vocal group from Auckland promoting the initiative.

August 2017: On the Fence
The Institute supported Massey University-led project Design+Democracy to encourage engagement with social issues through user-centred design. The Institute contributed to the development and promotion of the online platform On the Fence. On the Fence is a tool that matches users’ personal values with parties and candidates and is targeted at first time or disengaged voters. 2012 EmpowerNZ workshop participant Kieran Stowers was part of the team that helped to make the initiative possible.