We frequently undertake research as part of our work at the Innovation Fund, and some of the projects we fund also produce interesting papers. We hope you enjoy reading these insightful documents.

Improving Supply Chain Transparency

March 2021

For our March 2021 intake we commissioned research from ThinkPlace on Improving Supply Chain Transparency. We are more sensitive now, than perhaps at any time previously, to where our ‘stuff’ comes from: who made it; how ethical or sustainable the process was, and how people and the environment were affected by the manufacture or transport of it. How can we do better?

The Future of Work

May 2020

The future of work is something that affects all New Zealanders. The COVID pandemic accelerated the pace of change and the future of work is happening now. It’s a very broad topic and we wanted to know what pragmatic ideas were out there to help New Zealand make changes. We commissioned a piece of research from the fabulous team at ThinkPlace to provide some context on the current world view of the future of work. 

Can transaction data shape government policy?

May 2018

A team from the University of Auckland had a unique opportunity to investigate historical and anonymised bank transaction data to see if they could identify spending patterns in a community following a disease outbreak.

Exploring cheque use in New Zealand

September 2017

The use of cheques as a mode of payment in New Zealand has been decreasing over time, but a number of individuals and organisations continue to use them. Although cheques are quickly disappearing from common usage there is still a persistent “tail” of cheque use that needs addressing.