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The implications of competition and market trends for media plurality in New Zealand

This report for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage examines the state of media plurality in New Zealand. Sapere examined how competition and market trends have affected the media, and whether public policy interventions may be necessary to address specific issues or market barriers.

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Survey to better understand general practice costs – interim results

Sapere Research Group has been commissioned to provide advice to the interim entities (interim Health New Zealand and interim Māori Health Authority) on options for the future of primary care funding. While there is information that we can use on cost for many aspects of general practice, expenditure by different kinds of practice on rent

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Efficient price discrimination in the wholesale electricity market

Sapere was asked by Meridian Energy to review the discussion paper ‘Inefficient Price Discrimination in the wholesale electricity market – issues and options’, issued by the Electricity Authority (Authority) as part of its Wholesale Market Review. The Authority claims that the price discrimination implicit in the ‘Tiwai contracts’ between Meridian Energy, Contact Energy and New

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Assessing the emissions footprint of the fibre networks relative to other fixed broadband options in New Zealand

International studies show that the fibre network has a lower carbon footprint than other broadband options, primarily due to energy savings. This paper provides a first assessment of the emissions footprint of the current New Zealand fibre network, with a focus on internet provision to households and small to medium-sized businesses. Fibre (GPON and XGS-PON)

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The cost of consenting infrastructure projects in New Zealand

Sapere was asked by the Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga to quantify and evaluate the costs, including in relation to time, and risks of consenting infrastructure in New Zealand. This report provides a detailed picture of the costs that infrastructure developers face when seeking to consent new projects and outlines some issues with the current

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Review of potential security, reliability, and resilience concerns arising from future scenarios for the electricity industry

This review by David Reeve and Toby Stevenson was commissioned by the Electricity Authority. In recent years a number of organisations have modelled scenarios of the New Zealand energy sector. Each exercise has had different purposes in mind, but they share the desire to understand the implications of policies targeting our emissions profiles and the

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Methodology for Estimating the Underfunding of Māori Primary Health Care

Sapere Research Group were asked by the claimants to respond to the Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendation that a methodology be developed to measure the underfunding of Māori PHOs and providers. The Tribunal provides context to its recommendation: We recognise that there is a compensatory aspect to this process, in that it responds to acknowledged historical underfunding.

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Business Case for Investment in Low Voltage Network Monitoring

The purpose of this report, prepared for the Electricity Networks Association, is to make the general case for investment in monitoring the low voltage network. It follows the ‘Better Business Case’ approach with the analysis being structured around four cases. The business case has been prepared by Sapere, with input and feedback from an industry

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Market power mitigation in the WEM

This report, jointly written by Sapere and Robinson Bowmaker Paul, has been prepared for the Energy Transformation Taskforce to assist its comprehensive review of whether the existing market power mitigation measures are suitable for the new Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM). Drawing on a series of relevant reviews previously conducted in the WEM, it addresses: the

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Open Insurance: The Consumer Data Right and Insurance

This report by Dr Richard Tooth and published by the Financial Rights Legal Centre is the first comprehensive attempt to understand the concept of Open Insurance in Australia. Open Insurance as a concept has yet to be fully defined either by government or industry. The report looks at the use of consumer data and the

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