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.

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Members' Lunch with Alexander Heffner

This is a members-only event with Alexander Heffner. Alexander hosts the PBS program The Open Mind and created Breaking Bread with Alexander, which airs on Bloomberg TV. Read more

20 September, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Webinar: Driving Change: How road pricing can improve our roads

Road Pricing Webinar A Smarter Way Forward Have you ever hit a pothole and wondered, "Why aren't our roads better maintained?" Or sat in gridlock thinking, "There must be a better way"? Our current transport funding model is not just creaking under the strain – it is fundamentally broken. Read more

Dr Matthew Birchall and Dr Oliver Hartwich
9 July, 2024
Webinar
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Webinar: AI in Education: Navigating the opportunities and risks

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact education, offering opportunities and posing risks. The New Zealand Initiative's upcoming report, "Welcome to the Machine: Opportunities and risks of generative Artificial Intelligence for education," authored by Senior Fellow Dr Michael Johnston, provides a science-based framework for navigating this new landscape. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston, Prof Barbara Oakley, and Dr Oliver Hartwich
17 June, 2024
Webinar
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Members' Lunch with Hon Nicola Willis

This is a members-only event with the Minister of Finance Hon Nicola Willis. She will address attendees with a short presentation, which is followed by questions and answers. Read more

14 June, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Dinner with Dee Templeton

This is a members-only event hosted by Microsoft. Dee Templeton is Vice President of Partnerships and Operations in the Technology & Research division at Microsoft, and serves as a strategic advisor to Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Scott. Read more

12 June, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Hon Tama Potaka

This is a members-only event with Hon Tama Potaka. As one of the current cabinet ministers with a profound connection to Maoridom, his insights and perspectives are invaluable. Read more

24 May, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Rt Hon Winston Peters

This is a members-only event with Rt Hon Winston Peters. This lunch provides an opportunity to hear Minister Peters' insights first-hand and discuss New Zealand's foreign policy. Read more

10 May, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Lunch with Rt Hon Christopher Luxon

This is a members-only event with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Christopher Luxon. He will address attendees with a short presentation, which is followed by questions and answers. Read more

12 April, 2024
Auckland
  Member only event
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Members' Retreat 2024

Our annual members' retreat is a chance to cover the major aspects of New Zealand politics and economics, and will provide plenty of room for discussion, engagement and networking. Please contact Chelsy at events@nzinitiative.org.nz for further information. Read more

4 April, 2024
Queenstown
  Member only event
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Webinar: Cabinet Congestion

New Zealand’s political executive has expanded into a morass of portfolios, ministers, and departments. Affecting everything from ministerial workload to departmental resource management, this growth creates inefficiencies in our most important policymaking body. Read more

Max Salmon, Hon Stuart Nash and Dr Oliver Hartwich
26 March, 2024
Webinar
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Members' Event: Webinar with Hon David Seymour

Join us for an exclusive webinar with Hon David Seymour, the new Minister for Regulation. This is a chance to learn about the upcoming Ministry of Regulation, aimed at improving our regulatory system. Read more

7 December, 2023
Webinar
  Member only event

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