WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight 2017 workshop

The WakaNZ: Navigating with foresight workshop was a collaboration between the New Zealand Treasury and the McGuinness Institute. The workshop was held in Wellington from Sunday, 19 November 2017 to Thursday, 23 November 2017. Thank you to all the speakers, participants and the wider support team for making this workshop possible.

The participants’ observations and reflections have been published in a workshop booklet that you can download here.

About the workshop
The aim of the workshop was to explore what a preferred future might look like in a post-Treaty settlement New Zealand. The workshop hosted 34 participants aged 18–25 who identify with specific iwi or hapū, or as urban Māori. Seven of the participants took up the role of workshop interns to assist in the smooth running of the workshop. Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) and Wendy McGuinness were the workshop co-hosts.

Three broad principles were developed to ensure speakers and participants cast a wide net during deliberations; ideally discussions were to be:

  1. Future-focused (e.g. thinking in terms of seven generations)
  2. Integrated (e.g. thinking in terms of New Zealand as an ecosystem)
  3. Optimistic (e.g. thinking in terms of how future New Zealanders might celebrate success)

A foundation for a shared sense of direction was set by ten guiding questions. You can learn more about the guiding questions and pre-workshop resources here.

About the workshop process
The workshop started at 4.00 pm Sunday, 19 November 2017 with a pre-workshop meeting. The first full day (Monday, 20 November 2017) had a focus on gathering information from a variety of speakers on foresight. The Tuesday focused on vision and strategy in order to turn the information from day one into a discussion of preferred futures for a post-Treaty settlement New Zealand. The focus for Wednesday was aspiration and communicating conclusions from the workshop to officials through storytelling and design. Participants’ aspirations for a post-Treaty settlement future were shared at Government House on the Wednesday evening, and at a public presentation at Te Papa on Thursday. The workshop programme can be found here.

The workshop operated along the lines of our earlier workshops (see diagram above). Participants’ food and accommodation costs were covered during the workshop, as well as travel costs to and from Wellington. Find out more about previous workshops here.

About the New Zealand Treasury
The New Zealand Treasury is the government’s lead advisor on economic, financial and regulatory policy. Its main functions are as follows:

  • advising ministers on economic and fiscal performance;
  • managing the financial affairs of the Crown;
  • helping the government develop its overall strategy for state services;
  • monitoring the performance of state sector agencies; and
  • providing commercial policy advice and financial operations services.

About the McGuinness Institute
The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand.

Kahuru/Autumn 2018, WakaNZ – Navigating with Foresight (via Te Karaka Magazine, Alice Dimond)
5 December 2017, Former teen parent centre student selected for Waka NZ hui (via Rotorua Daily Post)