PandemicNZ is a McGuinness Institute project that aims to help New Zealand prepare for future pandemics, as well as manage and learn from the current COVID-19 pandemic. It draws together early Institute publications as well as an increasingly comprehensive suite of research and publications into the current pandemic.

SupplyNZ: Winning the war against COVID-19 is a sub-project of PandemicNZ, and aims to connect makers, suppliers and purchasers of important equipment in the battle against COVID-19. See recent initiatives below.


The McGuinness Institute prepares its work programme every year. For this project, we envisage preparing Working Paper 2020/02 – An Analysis of the responses to ‘Open Letter to District Health Boards – 25 March 2020‘ mid-2020. In 2021 we intend to produce a Project 2058 report, Lessons for New Zealand from the COVID-19 Pandemic.


SupplyNZ: Winning the war against COVID-19 (March, 2020)

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGuinness Institute created SupplyNZ: Winning the war against COVID-19. While hopeful that New Zealand’s lockdown strategy will work, we feel it is important to build New Zealand’s connections and capabilities now in case the nationwide lockdown is not enough to stop the spread of the virus, and results in gaps in supply chains. 

We welcome makers, purchasers and suppliers of healthcare products as well as organisations or individuals with production capabilities (e.g. raw materials, bulk fabric or 3-D printing) and/or time to fill out the registration form to be placed on the SupplyNZ Register.