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. 


Early years challenge

Led by The Southern Initiative, this work focused on better understanding the lived experience of parents in South Auckland. Adopting a strengths based approach the project also explores the impact of toxic stress on child development.
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Attitude Gap Challenge

A multi-agency skills and employment challenge led by the Lab exploring the importance of work ready youth and youth ready employers throughout the employment journey. MBIE and MSD were the lead sponsors.
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Drivers Licensing Challenge

Over four months a multi-agency team worked with over 360 people across NZ to co-design potential solutions to increasing the number of young people getting a drivers license.
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rental tenure project

Focused on South Auckland, the purpose of this project was to identify insights and ideas in response to tenancy issues by  exploring  the experiences of renters, landlords and tenancy managers.  
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The project adopted a place based lens on early childhood education in Māngere, South Auckland. It explored participation, parental engagement and school readiness from the perspective of ECE staff and parents who helped identify opportunity areas and key concepts for testing.
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This journey map was been developed to make the factors that influence family violence more visible alongside the lived experience from a whole family’s perspective. It was developed with the support of ACC and Auckland Council. 
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