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 Kōkiri, 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.


Meet the team

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Alastair is the Director of the Auckland Co-design Lab. He is passionate about putting the needs of people at the heart of public services and excited by the opportunity the Lab has to influence and shape how services are designed and delivered in South Auckland and across New Zealand. Alastair joined the Lab team from Auckland Council. Arriving in New Zealand from the UK in 2011, he has seven years local government experience including working on a range social innovation projects (schools, early years and child poverty) and the development of a social innovation lab.


Anselea is the Business Coordinator for the Auckland Co-design Lab. Anselea is the glue that helps bind the team together providing planning, finance and co-ordination support for workshops and projects. She joint the team in April 2017 and is studying for a diploma in business and accounting.