Publications

Briefing to Incoming Government on Climate Action Priorities

Sapere Director Toby Stevenson and Jeff Smit of DETA Consulting prepared a briefing representing the collective views of the Sustainable Business Council NZ and Climate Leaders Coalition members on climate action priorities. The report sets out 26 recommendations, including three key recommendations, for the incoming government and focuses on policies and projects that will accelerate decarbonisation in New Zealand. The three

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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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Distributed Energy Resources: Understanding the potential

Sapere was commissioned by Transpower to investigate the potential value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in a New Zealand context. Transpower is seeking to advance the discussion about how the electricity industry and market may need to evolve with increased penetration of DER. This report broadly considers the value of DER to the New Zealand

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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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Benefits and Costs of the Wilding Pine Management Programme Phase 2 executive summary

Wilding conifers are a serious pest in New Zealand. They reduce productivity and have the potential to cost the New Zealand economy billions of dollars if their spread is not dealt with. In 2018, Sapere Principal Sally Wyatt analysed the cost benefit of a phase of MPI’s Wilding Pine Management Programme. Among her findings is

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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 governance of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technical standards

Sapere was retained by Australia’s Energy Security Board to review governance of technical standards for Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Working with engineering experts from Cutler Merz, this work involved extensive stakeholder consultation, desktop research, a survey and a webinar. It resulted in a set of proposals for change. The Review highlights that to date the

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COVID-19 and financial crime: Fraud expert warns of heightened risk of fraud and cybercrime

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen significant changes in the way in which many businesses operate. More employees are working from home and many are facing financial hardship, customers are increasingly transacting online, suppliers are faced with changes in demand for products and services, as well as different ways of delivering them, and the government has

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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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