Sapere Research Group is one of the largest expert services firms in Australasia. Sapere provides independent expert testimony, strategic advisory services, data analytics and other advice to Australasia's private sector corporate clients, major law firms, government agencies, and regulatory bodies.

'Sapere' comes from Latin (to be wise) and the phrase 'sapere aude' (dare to be wise). The phrase is associated with German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who promoted the use of reason as a tool of thought; an approach that underpins all Sapere's practice groups.

We are committed to quality and independence – all our projects are led by recognised experts and individual authors are named on our reports. The expert model we operate is unique in New Zealand. It allows our experts to give unbiased and well-researched opinions and advice without being hamstrung by company positions.

Building and maintaining effective relationships is critical to our success, demonstrated by the volume of repeat work from our regular clients. Many of our experts have held leadership and senior management positions and are experienced in navigating complex relationships in government, industry, and academic settings.

We adopt a collaborative approach to our work and routinely partner with specialist firms in other fields, such as social research, IT design and architecture, and survey design. This enables us to deliver a comprehensive product and to ensure value for money.

Latest news

Evaluation of the Samoa Institutional Linkage Programme

Gary Blick, Joanna Smith and Julie Artus from Sapere Research Group were engaged by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Institutional Linkage Programme between the Samoan National Health Service and Counties Manukau District Health Board, that was funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the effectiveness of support and determine whether a further phase of New Zealand Aid Programme support is necessary. The full evaluation report is available on the MFAT website here.

Cross-sector scenario modelling for BusinessNZ Energy Council (Ongoing)

Sapere Research Group is developing a cross-sector scenario model which could become a foundation document for the country’s policymakers and industry.
The modelling takes inputs from 30 businesses, government agencies, iwi groups, community organisations and universities and factors them into two New Zealand energy scenarios out to 2050. The work is being carried out in conjunction with the World Energy Council**.

The project is aiming to draw out two equally plausible alternative scenarios to help guide policy. The scenarios should then provide the boundaries within a potential `funnel’ of future outcomes. As such the scenarios, and the narratives underpinning them, become tools that governments and business can use to assess the potential impacts and implications of policy.

The final report is expected mid-year 2015.

**In October, the World Energy Council published two alternative scenarios for world energy use.  The `Jazz’ scenario envisages a more market-led approach, while the `Symphony’ scenario assumes a higher degree of government involvement in investment decisions, technology choices and a commensurately higher degree of global cooperation on emissions controls.

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