About our events

The New Zealand Initiative holds events throughout the year to promote debate, disseminate ideas, and connect with our supporters. Our events include public forums, conferences, and debates. We also organise outreach activities with secondary schools, universities, and young professionals.

Public Forums: The Initiative occasionally hosts larger public events with prominent international speakers. These events are a great opportunity to discuss ideas and meet new people in an informal setting.

Member-only Events: Exclusive to members to the Initiative.


Upcoming Public Forums


Members Events

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Members' Retreat Dinner 2019

In conjunction with Air New Zealand, we will be hosting a dinner with Rt Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, 2006 - 2015 in Auckland on 21 March 2019. Read more

21 March, 2019
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Hon Simon Bridges

Having won the leadership of the National Party in March this year, Hon Simon Bridges has begun a process of policy renewal. We are hosting a lunchtime discussion with the Leader of the Opposition to find out where he wants to take his party and the country. Read more

13 September, 2018
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Nicola Willis

Nicola Willis will discuss her new portfolio of early childhood education. About the speaker Nicola Willis is a List MP based in Wellington and is National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education, having entered Parliament in April 2018. Read more

6 July, 2018
  Member only event
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research-ED Festival of Education

We partnered with researchED to reignite evidence-based education in New Zealand. On Saturday 2nd June, over 240 passionate educators, parents, researchers and school trustees gathered at Auckland Grammar School to discuss the evidence on effective education. Read more

2 June, 2018
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Dinner lecture with Katharine Birbalsingh

On Thursday 31 May 2018, The New Zealand Initiative hosted Katharine Birbalsingh for a dinner lecture in Auckland. New Zealand-born Katharine Birbalsingh studied at Oxford University before becoming a teacher. Read more

31 May, 2018
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Members' Lunch with Hon David Parker

As Minister for Economic Development, the Environment, Trade and Export Growth as well as Attorney-General and Associate Minister of Finance, Hon David Parker has one of the widest portfolios in the coalition Government. We have invited him to speak on the Government’s economic strategy. Read more

11 May, 2018
  Member only event
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Members' Breakfast with Mayor Phil Goff

Before his election in October 2016, the Initiative hosted Phil Goff to explain his visions for the ‘City of Sails’. Now, half-way through his first term as Mayor, Phil Goff will give an update on his strategies for transport, housing affordability and urban development. Read more

4 May, 2018
  Member only event
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Dinner with Hon Dr Andrew Leigh

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, MP, is Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. Read more

5 April, 2018
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat 2018

Our Retreat is the chance to discuss social and economic issues with members and bring those issues to the attention of New Zealand’s leading politicians. Please contact Chelsy at chelsy.blair@nzinitiative.org.nz for further information. Read more

8 March, 2018
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat Dinner 2018

The New Zealand Initiative is organising a dinner with Hon Peter Costello AC in Auckland on Thursday 8 March 2018. About the speaker Hon. Read more

8 March, 2018
  Member only event
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The Future Catch Panel Discussion

The Future Catch was launched with a panel discussion in Wellington on 4 December. Randall Bess (report author), Stuart Nash (Minister of Fisheries), Sir Mark Solomon (Deputy Chair, Te Ohu Kaimoana) and Bob Gutsell (Vice President, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council) discussed the issues facing the recreational fishing sector. Read more

4 December, 2017
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Welfare, Work and Wellbeing Panel Discussion

We released our report on welfare policy, Welfare, Work and Wellbeing: From Benefits to Better Lives, with a panel discussion on 28 November in Wellington. Author Bryce Wilkinson and social activist and former MP Sue Bradford, who wrote the foreword, discussed the report's findings with a diverse and knowledgeable audience of about 100 people. Read more

28 November, 2017
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Members' Lunch with Hon Phil Twyford

The new Labour-led Government has made housing and transport policy one of its core policy areas. This makes Minister Phil Twyford one of the key figures of the new Cabinet. Read more

22 November, 2017
  Member only event

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