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.

The Future of Our Universities | Education Symposium

New Zealand universities are facing a range of challenges even beyond glaring budget shortfalls and painful staff cuts. How we recognize and evaluate research continues to be a source of controversy. Read more

15 May, 2024
  Member only event

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
  Member only event

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
  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

Members' Lunch with Brooke Roberts

As the nation's capital, Wellington is a place of government and administration. It is also a place for business and entrepreneurship - but we can do better. Read more

Creative HQ
28 November, 2023
  Member only event
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Members' event: Health Innovators’ Summit

Highlights from the Health Innovator's Summit 2023 Keynote Session 1: Investment in Digital Health in Australia Keynote Session 2: Individualised Funding for people with Disability Keynote Session 3: Why Healthcare Reforms are mostly stuff ups - A global perspective Keynote Session 4: Increasing the Number of General Practitioners and Better Workforce Planning Keynote Session 5: Partnerships between Iwi and Private Health Providers Keynote Session 6: Panel Discussion Health Innovators More about this event: The Health Innovators’ Summit: Inspiring Action for Better Care is a half-day event bringing together politicians, members of The New Zealand Initiative, professional health associations, and senior journalists to learn about innovative solutions for better healthcare in New Zealand. With keynote speakers sharing their experiences and insights, attendees will be inspired to take action and improve the current healthcare system. Read more

9 August, 2023
  Member only event
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Irish Secrets: Business Delegation

Ireland is the destination for The New Zealand Initiative’s next business delegation. It follows in the footsteps of our 2019 mission to Denmark, and it will once again provide opportunities to learn, to be surprised and to connect. Read more

25 June, 2023
  Member only event

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