Harnessing the economic and social power of data – Key recommendations and catalyst projects


Our final recommendations paper is here

The New Zealand Data Futures Forum are delighted to share with you their final recommendations paper ‘Harnessing the economic and social power of data’.

In this paper we set out an agenda we think will significantly advance New Zealand’s ability to unlock the latent value of out data assets and position us as a world leader in the trusted and inclusive use of shared data to deliver a prosperous society.

Over the past six months, we’ve talked with New Zealander’s to better understand a range of perspectives – businesses, government, NGOs, Māori, the general public – and we’d like to thank all those who have contributed to help shape the thinking reflected in this paper.

Over to you

These recommendations are a springboard for wider conversation and action. We’ve done the thinking, now we want you to take action.

The potential for New Zealand to unlock the value of data-driven innovation and build on strong foundations of inclusion, trust and control is unlimited.

Everyone in New Zealand has a stake in the outcome of this work. business, government, Ngos, Māori and individuals, can and should be involved in keeping New Zealand moving forward.

Aim high.

Explore how you or your sector can get a catalyst project up and running and delivering economic and social benefits for New Zealand.

The following link will take you to a the full paper and a shorter slide deck version: https://www.nzdatafutures.org.nz/discussion-documents.


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Thank you for expressing an interest in our 5-Day Inspiration Voyage, a unique programme for physically challenged young New Zealanders. You are now on your way to experience an adventure of a lifetime, as a Trainee onboard our tall-ship, Spirit of New Zealand. You will notice that we refer to participants who sail on our Inspiration Voyage as Trainees, this is because Spirit of New Zealand is a training ship. There are still a few things you need to do before sailing with us, so please read and complete the following information and forms carefully (see link).

If you would like help or have any questions on the process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Spirit office, our contact details are at the bottom of each
page. We look forward to seeing you onboard soon!

For detailed information please use this link: Inspiration Application Pack 2015

Survey about collaboration

Kia ora,

Greta Gordon is a Doctoral student at the Victoria University of Wellington and needs your help for her doctoral thesis.

As a provider of social and / or employment services in Otago with clients that might include people at risk of long-term unemployment and who is likely to be involved / have been involved in collaborative initiatives, she would like to invite you to participate in her research into collaboration. Your perspective is important as it will help to provide a clear picture of non-government organisations’ priorities when engaging in collaborative initiatives.

An online survey is open until 15 October and she will invite some respondents to participate in a face-to-face interview in October or November. The online survey includes around 40 questions, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.  It asks questions about a collaborative initiative in which you are involved, and your opinions on the types of accountability mechanisms, participatory processes and leadership behaviours and competencies needed to make collaboration effective.

A final question asks if you are willing to take part in a face-to-face interview which will provide more in-depth information on these topics. If you are willing to take part, your name and email address is collected. This data will be recorded in a separate dataset to your answers to the survey and will only be used to contact you for a follow-up interview.

If you would like to take part in the online survey, please click this link -> SURVEY START

Further information

Her aim is to develop recommendations for institutional arrangements that would enable a more effective collaborative approach to the governance of initiatives addressing long-term unemployment. These recommendations will take the form of guidelines that can be used by government and non-government organisations when setting up new collaborative initiatives.

Her doctoral thesis will be based on this research and she may also use the research to contribute to conference papers and / or publications such as book chapters or journal articles. She has obtained ethical approval from the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee to undertake this research. All data will be stored securely and will remain confidential to her and her supervisors. They will not disclose your name to anyone else, including in any discussion or dissemination or the research. She will not collect your IP address.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact her on this email address, or her supervisors, Dr Valentina Dinica on valentina.dinica@vuw.ac.nz, or Dr Chris Eichbaum on chris.eichbaum@vuw.ac.nz.

If you know of others involved in collaborative initiatives who might like to contribute to this research, please feel free to forward on this email.

Thank you for your support


Details: Greta Gordon


021 232 7761

Help us by filling out the 3 minute survey about outcome measurement

outcomeI am a third year student at the Otago Polytechnic and I am on an internship with the Council of Social Services Dunedin. The survey is a part of my research project with the topic “outcome measurement in non-profit organizations”. It would be great if you could participate. It takes just 3 minutes and it would help me a lot.

In order to keep the survey confidentially, you are able to leave out your organizations name and email address.

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Juliane Janzen

Online until 05.10.2014

Out in the cold – a report on Dunedin housing

out in the cold

This report is “a survey of low income private rental housing in Dunedin 2013”.

In 2004 Presbyterian Support Otago undertook the same survey and now compares the results.

Some of the discoveries are:

  • Compared to 2004 where 36% of low income houses passed the standards, only 23% passed in 2013. That’s a 1/3 decrease.
  • Most tenants claim they can afford to heat only minimal living space in their homes to a safe level

It is a great opportunity to get to know what is happening and changing in Dunedin.


Read the report as a PDF.