LocalNZ Workshop
16–19 November 2014

This workshop connected 35 New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 25, providing a collaborative space for them to identify existing and emerging opportunities and challenges. This initiative formed part of the McGuinness Institute’s TalentNZ project – creating an informed, focused and networked group of young New Zealanders able to engage effectively with government and the communities in which they live. Participants explored the question: How do regional goals align with national goals, and how might these goals need to change in order to aid regional growth? 

The McGuinness Institute, with the assistance of a number of other parties, brought together members of youth councils and other youth interested in local government from throughout New Zealand for a four-day workshop from the morning of Sunday, 16 November until the evening of Wednesday, 19 November 2014. For all enquiries, please contact the Institute at localnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org or on (04) 499 8888.

Below you can watch the documentary The Deep Country: New Zealand visits the Whanganui River, the final presentation and the poem: Growing living standards across a diverse nation, which participant Oska Rego recited during the presentation.  






  1. Photography competition winner and runner-up from the journey up the Whanganui River.
  2. LocalNZ youth survey results (100 youths share their observations).
  3. A booklet outlining the participants’ observations and recommendations.
  4. A YouTube video of the Q&A session with speaker Richard Louv;
  5. A YouTube video of an interview with Karleen Marshall, principal at Te Wainui a Rua school, Whanganui River;
  6. A documentary: The Deep Country: New Zealand visits the Whanganui River.
  7. A YouTube video of the participants’ presentations at Parliament.
  8. A series of blog posts outlining the process of the workshop.