Publications

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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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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A review of the fiscal cost estimate of moving to averaging accounting for existing forests within the Emissions Trading Scheme

Kieran Murray and Gary Blick of Sapere were asked by the New Zealand Carbon Farming Group to review the estimates of fiscal impact relied upon by Ministers when deciding forests registered in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) before 2019 would not be permitted to use ‘averaging accounting’. They conclude that the accounting treatment underlying the

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Implementing HealthPathways across Queensland: A case study

Dr Tom Love of Sapere Research Group conducted a case study of the implementation of HealthPathways in Queensland.  HealthPathways is a platform that provides tailored, locally relevant guidance to general practitioners on the management of conditions in the community and referral to specialist hospital services. HealthPathways is intended to increase the consistency of referral patterns,

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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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