RE: What makes a good prime minister for NZ – essay competition for young people now open

Submit essay by Thursday 10 December 2015
Results will be announced on Friday 26 February 2016

The McGuinness Institute is running an essay competition for 18-25 year olds on the question ‘what makes a good prime minister for New Zealand?’. Please note essays should focus on the character, personality and skills that make a prime minister for New Zealand ‘good’. Importantly essays are not intended to include a discussion on political parties. The word limit for this essay is 2,500 words. All essays are due by Thursday, 10 December 2015, and the winner will be announced on Friday, 26 February 2016.

See the attached flyer and visit the Nation Voices website for more information. 20150806 Nation Voices Essay competition flyer

The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize, have their essay published in the Nation Voices book and win an all-expenses paid trip to Wellington to attend the launch of the book in 2016. The runner-up will receive a $200 cash prize and the top 10 essays will be published on the Nation Voices website.


  • Dr Bernard Cadogan: Author, Oxford-educated policy consultant, political philosopher, historian and poet
  • Wendy McGuinness: Author and Chief Executive, McGuinness Institute
  • Dame Claudia Orange: Author and Head of Research at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

More about Nation Voices
One of the outputs of Nation Voices is a book which will use the lens of character and oratory to examine our nations’ 40 premiers and prime ministers. This book will be a companion to Nation Dates: Significant dates that have shaped the nation of New Zealand (our signature book). For more details see

More about the McGuinness Institute
The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis. If you want to learn more about the Institute, see