About us

The Auckland Co-Design Lab (The Lab) has been established to provide a space to explore complex social issues. Our role is to help develop new insights and ideas using co-design and other innovative approaches.

A joint initiative between central and local government the Lab is funded by Treasury, New Zealand Police, Te Puni KĊkiri, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Auckland Council.


We have a core team with experience spanning social labs, policy, big data, design thinking, storytelling, central government, local government, business, research, programme management.

Our position as part of a council team focused on community and social innovation (The Southern Initiative) means we are well placed to turn ideas in to action.

Collectively these funders  form a governance group (chaired by Jim Quinn, Chief of Strategy - Auckland Council) who provide guidance, unlock resources and relationships across the public sector.