PracticeGroup: Public sector finance & policy

Better measurement of the direct and indirect costs and benefits of resilience

Sapere was engaged by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, to undertake research to identify and develop critical techniques and methods that can be used to value and monetise the costs and benefits of resilience in transport infrastructure, described in a way that can be incorporated into the Economic Evaluation Manual (EEM). The resulting research paper

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Analysis of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy Working Group Options for moving freight from the Ports of Auckland

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry of Transport in response to Cabinet’s request to officials for further advice on the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS). Further information is available on the Minstry’s website: https://www.transport.govt.nz/multi-modal/keystrategiesandplans/upper-north-island-supply-chain-strategy/   Associated reports from Sapere: CBA technical notes: https://srgexpert.com/publications/upper-north-island-supply-chain-strategy-cba-technical-notes/ Competition workstream report: https://srgexpert.com/publications/upper-north-island-supply-chain-strategy-competition-assessment/ Infrastructure workstream report: https://srgexpert.com/publications/upper-north-island-supply-chain-strategy-infrastructure-workstream-report/ Land value

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Essential Freshwater Regulations – Industry Impact Analysis

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry for the Environment to assist with an estimation of the potential impact of regulations resulting from the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2017) and the Essential Freshwater package on the dairy, beef and sheep farming sectors. This report considers the direct agricultural industry impact of the Regulations. The

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The COVID-19 business policy response – what now?

When the economy was wound down in late March by the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, policy was rapidly made to protect businesses and jobs. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic response, in terms of what business can operate and what civil interaction is permitted, what should the government’s policy

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Review of the Transforming Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnership

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry of Primary Industries to evaluate the achievements and expected outcomes from the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnerships Programme. Transforming the Dairy Value Chain programme was a broad and complex undertaking with audacious goals. It broke new ground for New Zealand and all parties involved as it

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COVID-19 – uncertainty and our economy

Every event that results in heightened uncertainty is different. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated preventative measures on the New Zealand economy will be far-reaching, but what is the impact of uncertainty? What can be done to help New Zealand avoid the worst? And what can we learn from past crises? In this

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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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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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