The Auckland Co-Design Lab has used a co-design approach to help different agencies, stakeholders and the community to come together an explore new solutions to complex multi-agency social issues. We having focused on three main challenges, a number of smaller projects plus provided advice and capability building support to public sector and community partners. 


Getting a driver’s licence helps prepare Kiwis for a lifetime of safe and legal driving, and opens the door to independence and employment. New Zealand’s graduated driver licensing system is designed to keep Kiwis safe, by making sure everyone driving unsupervised on our roads has the competence and experience to be there. This can only be achieved if people can access the system and play by its rules. 

Develop by the Auckland Co-Design Lab, and sponsored by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) this report tells the stories of the people we met and describes the impacts of the current system on individuals, families and New Zealand as a whole. It suggests directions for change that we have developed in partnership with those most affected.

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The Attitude Gap: A south Auckland employment and skills challenge

The Attitude Gap Challenge is a multi-agency co-design challenge led by the Auckland Co-design Lab (the Lab) in collaboration with overall Lab sponsor, Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative. It was sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

The challenge centres on understanding the reasons behind the lack of connection between local employers and young people in South Auckland.

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Initiated as a joint project between The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council and the Auckland Co-Design Lab the early years challenge explores how we can improve outcomes for young children, families and whānau in South Auckland.

Together, the joint team are using innovative co-design methodologies to understand the lived realities of parenting and to empower families and whānau to create innovative ideas that build on local strengths.

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Rental Tenure project

Focused on South Auckland, the purpose of this short project was to identify insights and ideas in response to tenancy issues using a design-led approach. A collaboration between MBIE, Auckland Council and the Auckland Co-design Lab the project explored experiences of renters, landlords and tenancy managers.