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

We have begun preliminary discussions around pursuing a national strategy for civics and citizenship education in schools and in the community, as recommended by the Constitutional Advisory Panel. We are looking to work with others who are interested in this area. Register your interest to follow our discussions here.

You can also actively participate in this conversation by following and using #civicsnz on Twitter. This will bring the conversation into one thread of relevant thoughts and resources for all those who are interested.


  • Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation,
    May 2016 issue of Policy Quarterly (Article) (May 2016)
  • Proceedings of The Civics and Media Project: A report on the three workshops held in 2015 booklet (May 2016)
  • The Civics and Media Project YouTube video series (Early 2016)



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19 November 2015: The Civics and Media Project Workshop 3
Workshop 3 focused on the following question: How do we ensure a well-informed, civically engaged New Zealand in 2030? The full-day workshop, held at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington, involved collecting ideas in the morning from a diverse range of speakers and then working in self-selected groups in the afternoon to develop the ideas explored in the booklet Proceedings of The Civics and Media Project: A report on the three workshops held in 2015. To learn more see The Civics and Media Project website.

8 May 2015: What makes a good political speech in New Zealand?
On Friday, 8 May 2015, the Institute hosted a lunchtime discussion on the following question: What makes a good political speech in New Zealand? Dr Bernard Cadogan presented us with a ‘perfect speech’ discussing the place of irony, wit and a range of other tools in political speeches today. It was an informative and thought-provoking speech and was followed by a stimulating Q & A session. You can check out Dr Cadogan’s full speech, his PowerPoint slides and the speeches discussed on our Nation Voices website. You can also watch his presentation on our YouTube channelNation Voices is an initiative of the McGuinness Institute that ties into Project Civics.