The overall aim of ReportingNZ is to contribute to a discussion on how to build an informed New Zealand. ReportingNZ is a McGuinness Institute policy project that began in 2016 and formed a major part of our 2017/2018 work programme.

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures | TCFD Survey Insights published

Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2019 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) survey

This paper, Survey Insights, contains high level observations drawn from the survey. The paper is framed around respondent’s perspectives on the TCFD framework in regard to the application of its key elements within New Zealand. Because of this, we considered it important to gather an insight into the experiences and expectations of New Zealanders interested in the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. We were delighted with the overall level of engagement. The answers, comments and opinions were both thoughtful and thought-provoking. 63 people completed the survey, see the results here.

The Survey Insights are discussed further in our submission to MBIE and MfE on climate-related financial disclosures – found here.

Latest Discussion Paper

Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency: A New Zealand Case Study can be found in Final Draft on the McGuinness Institute website here.

Click here to view the Climate Change Discussion Paper powerpoint used at the launch event held at the Institute on Tuesday 25 June.

Latest think piece
Think Piece 30 – Package of Climate Change Reporting Recommendations

The McGuinness Institute has recently proposed a two-stage approach to improving the reporting of climate change in the public and private sectors. The think piece is published here

Other research
Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose [DRAFT Version 3]


The Institute has almost completed a major piece of work on New Zealand’s reporting framework – the country’s information infrastructure. We hope this report will add to a conversation on how to make the function and purpose of the framework better suited to New Zealand’s current and future information needs, while at the same time keeping compliance costs low.

Thank you to all those who provided comment on the draft report. We have processed a number of points raised in the initial feedback, resulting in Draft Version 3 available here. Having placed Report 17 on pause to address the significant amount of feedback we received on climate reporting, we are now in the final stages of editing, aligning and reference checking both the report and Discussion Paper 2019/01 – The Climate Reporting Emergency, which can be read in draft here (see above).

If you have any further comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that supporting New Zealand legislation is collated and published in Working Paper 2018/04 – Legislation Shaping the Reporting Framework: A compilation, which can be found here. This is a follow-on from our work on the 2017 ReportingNZ SurveysWorking Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed Company Tables and other supporting publications.

Latest publications

Working Paper 2018/03 – Analysis of Climate Change Reporting in the Public and Private Sectors

The McGuinness Institute has recently undertaken an analysis of climate change reporting in the public and private sectors. The Institute team comprehensively reviewed all 2017 annual reports (or financial statements) published by Deloitte Top 200 companies, government departments, Crown agents and Crown entities, state-owned enterprises and local authorities.

See here for more information.

Past events

Wednesday 1 August: Initial discussion of Report 17 – ReportingNZ: Building a Reporting Framework Fit for Purpose 

This report will bring together the findings from our two surveys with what we can learn from national and international research. We aim to highlight key findings and make suggestions on how New Zealand might better use external reporting to drive foresight and strategy so that the country is better prepared for the future. These research intentions were discussed at a public event at the McGuinness Institute, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Wednesday 8 August: Landscape of climate change research in New Zealand lunchtime discussion event  

The Institute hosted an event bringing together a range of people working in the area of climate change research in order to assess current work programmes. This lunchtime discussion covered the research intentions of key groups in the sector on climate change in the next two years in order to identify gaps, inform future priorities and maximise often limited research resources. The event resulted in an illustration of the landscape of current and short-term future research on climate change in New Zealand.

Previous ReportingNZ publications

The 2017 Extended External Reporting SurveysWorking Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed company tables and other supporting publications can be read here.

The 2017 Extended External Reporting Surveys (in collaboration with the External Reporting Board [XRB]) aim to contribute to the global conversation on how to improve the quality of Extended External Reporting (EER) by looking at the challenges and opportunities that exist in New Zealand. The accompanying reports were prepared with the objective to find insights in the surveys and communicate findings.

Working Paper 2018/01 – NZSX-listed company tables (in collaboration with BDO) aims to explore the current EER practices and provide context to the Users’ Survey and Preparers’ Survey. View here.

About the three policy projects
The McGuinness Institute developed three interlinking policy projects that stem from our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight; hence, ForesightNZStrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Each policy project is concerned with a set of tools and frameworks that shape and drive public policy. Our three policy projects highlight that the principles of foresight, strategy, and reporting must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy. We separate policy projects from research projects to emphasise that these three sets of tools and frameworks transcend and differ from the significant issues facing New Zealand. For a full explanation, go to the About page on the McGuinness Institute website.

If you have any enquiries about this project, please email reportingnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.