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TalentNZ
is a McGuinness Institute project that builds on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’. Sir Paul outlined the reasons why his vision is important in a 20-minute video (see below) at the Institute’s StrategyNZ workshop (held at Te Papa in 2011). The focus of this project is on the ‘how’ – we test Sir Paul’s assumptions and explore ways New Zealanders might turn this vision into reality.


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TalentNZ Refresh meeting (19 May 2016)

(From left to right) Richard Kirkland – RiskIQ, Hannah Steiner-Mitchell – past TalentNZ project manager, Hon Fran Wilde – StrategyNZ MC 2011, Adelle Kenny – Grow Wellington, Wendy McGuinness – McGuinness Institute, Iain Fraser – Consultant (facilitator), Sally Hett – Head of Research at the McGuinness Institute, Patrick Nolan – Productivity Commission, Eleanor Laban – MBIE and John Trail – Magritek
(From left to right) Richard Kirkland – RiskIQ, Hannah Steiner-Mitchell – past TalentNZ project manager, Hon Fran Wilde – StrategyNZ MC 2011, Adelle Kenny – Grow Wellington, Wendy McGuinness – McGuinness Institute, Iain Fraser – Consultant (facilitator), Sally Hett – Head of Research at the McGuinness Institute, Patrick Nolan – Productivity Commission, Eleanor Laban – MBIE and John Trail – Magritek

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Our TalentNZ work programme has been structured around four work-streams – grow, attract, retain and connect. You can see further information regarding each work-stream and work programme here. Our TalentNZ project includes the following work:

  1. The StrategyNZ: Mapping Our Future workshop (Mar 2011)
  2. The 2013 TalentNZ Journal (Nov 2013)
  3. The 2014 TalentNZ national tour (Mar 2014)
  4. The Menu of Initiatives (Jun 2014)
  5. The TalentNZ ecosystem illustration (Jun 2014)
  6. The LocalNZ: Connecting youth committed to local government workshop (Nov 2014)
  7. The six TalentNZ Worksheets (May 2015)
  8. The TalentNZ promotional video (Sept 2015)
  9. The Timeline of significant events in the history of education in New Zealand, 1867-2014 (April 2016)
  10. TalentNZ think pieces
  11. TalentNZ videos and playlists

We want to build New Zealand’s talent-based economy. If you want to join us on this journey, please connect with TalentNZ. By connecting you will receive our monthly TalentNZ newsletter which outlines recent developments, research and resources relating to creating a talent-based economy and keeps you informed about upcoming TalentNZ events and presentations. Please also share this link with others who you think may be interested.

Please also use this website as a portal to our other websites, all of which aim to help New Zealand become a place where talent wants to live. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Many thanks,
Wendy and the TalentNZ team