Publications

What is really driving innovation in our plant-based sectors?

As part of its review of the Plant Varieties Act 1987, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment commissioned Sapere to complete an independent economic analysis of the Plant Varieties Innovation system. This Sapere report presents an analysis of the innovation systems that sit behind the development and use of plant varieties in New Zealand, and evaluates

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Analysis of local government cost drivers

The Productivity Commission is currently investigating whether existing funding and financing arrangements are suitable for enabling local authorities to meet current and future cost pressures. The Commission is seeking to understand the influence of prices on local government expenditure, exploring the prices faced by local government, the drivers of price growth, and the overall contribution of prices

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What new whistleblowing laws mean for HR

Amended whistleblower laws come into effect in Australia on 1 July. In this article for the Australian HR Institute, Gary Gill, Head of Investigations at Sapere Forensic, looks at what they mean for HR professionals.   Reproduced with permission.

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Formative evaluation of Business Link Pacific

Gary Blick & Preston Davies of Sapere were engaged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade to contribute to a formative evaluation of Business Link Pacific (BLP), a development activity funded by MFAT with the goal of building the market for business advisory services in Pacific Island countries, thereby enabling small-to-medium enterprises to access

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New Zealand’s high speed research network: at a critical juncture

Sapere was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to review New Zealand’s Research and Education Network’s (REANNZ) current role in enabling high impact research as a specialist connectivity service. We find that there is value in having a specialist network for the New Zealand research and education system. However, this value is not

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Current land based farming systems research and future challenges

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to investigate global mega trends likely to affect the future of food and farming, and the implications for New Zealand’s science and innovation system. MBIE wanted to better understand the role of science and innovation in responding to potentially disruptive and transformative changes in

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Corporate governance in the transition to a low-carbon economy

In this article, first published in the February/March 2019 edition of the Institute of Directors’ BoardRoom magazine, Sapere Director Toby Stevenson discusses how the transition to a low-carbon economy will change the workplace as a result of firms being forced to adapt their competitive position. Business leaders must approach this issue as any other strategic

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The Problem of Chronic Pain and Scope for Improvements in Patient Outcomes

Sapere was commissioned Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists to investigate the cost of chronic pain to New Zealand. Our report finds that chronic pain costs more than diabetes or dementia yet there is no comprehensive plan to address it. Our research also finds that one in five

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An exploration of locational marginal pricing at the distribution level in the New Zealand context

Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the Electricity Authority to assist its thinking on distribution pricing. They were interested in finding out if distribution locational marginal pricing was possible now, and what was required to support its implementation, both practically and from a regulatory perspective. We found that there are a range of implementation and

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Targeted Engagement on Family Funded Care and Paid Family Care

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Ministry of Health to summarise the views from families and care organisations on options to improve Funded Family Care. The report includes themes emerging as priorities from targeted stakeholder engagement (meetings and an e-survey) on the Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care (FFC) policy and District Health Boards

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