We are delighted with the quality and breadth of speakers that have come together to share their thoughts and insights at this national workshop. The workshop programme can be found here. A brief bio of each speaker can be found by clicking on their name.

Hon Paul Goldmsith, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister of Science and Innovation, and Minister for Regulatory Reform.




Dr Richard Lumfounder and Chief Executive of Vision Foresight Strategy (TBC).




Trevor Moeke, Principal Advisor on Crown-Māori Capability at New Zealand Treasury.




Dr Carwyn Jones, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.




Wendy McGuinness, founder and Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute.


Paul has previously served as an Auckland City Councillor, the Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister for ACC. Before entering Parliament, Paul created his own business as a historian and biographer focusing on New Zealand’s history and economic development. His last books were biographies of Alan Gibbs (Serious Fun) and Sir William Gallagher (Legend). Paul is an enthusiastic pianist and has a broad interest in the arts.

Dr Richard Kaipo Lum is the founder and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy, which offers a range of foresight-based services. His book 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight was published in 2016. He is an academically trained futurist with a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘is Alternative Futures Program. He specialises in foresight and strategy development, planning implementation, political design and constitution making in the 21st century. He lives in Honolulu.

Trevor has been at the Treasury for almost two years and leads the Crown-Maori capability work programme. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri and is currently a Director of Kahungunu Asset Holdings Company.

Carwyn (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests are the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous legal traditions. Before joining the Faculty of Law in 2006, Carwyn worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, July 2016). He is also the co-editor of the Māori Law Review and maintains a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, on legal issues affecting Māori and other indigenous peoples. Carwyn was a negotiator for his iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, for the recently agreed settlement of their historical claims.

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Wendy has studied at Manukau Technical Institute (NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she became a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. She prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments for the New Zealand Treasury. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies. In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences.

Read Wendy's Whakapapa (1,156KB PDF) or resume (25KB PDF).