Unlocking Export Prosperity

A five-year research programme funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Research Update

Issue 1(2), August 2018



The research programme on Unlocking Export Prosperity, which began on 1 October 2017, is now well under way. The research team held its first meeting with the programme’s Advisory Board in Wellington on 4 July 2018, which discussed four draft reports presented by the research leaders and provided feedback on the research plan for the next twelve months. The programme has also collaborated with related research programmes by the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit to create a new website portal called Sustainable Wellbeing NZ. It includes a page devoted to this programme. Finally, we are pleased to announce a significant honour for the Science Leader of the research programme, Caroline Saunders. The Agricultural Economics Society has announced that Professor Saunders will be its President in 2019/20.

First Meeting of the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the research programme met for the first time at The Terrace Conference Centre in Wellington on 4 July. We are very grateful to the Board for its support and advice. The meeting began with an overview by the Science Leader, Caroline Saunders. The researchers then presented four draft reviews of our existing knowledge in a New Zealand context of the major themes of the programme:

  • Physical attributes of New Zealand food and beverages (Roger Harker)

  • Credence attributes of New Zealand food and beverages (Paul Dalziel)

  • Cultural attributes of New Zealand food and beverages (John Reid)

  • Leadership and value-added agri-food exporting enterprises (Peter Cammock)

This stimulated a lively discussion among Board members, which was very helpful to the research team. The research leaders are preparing final versions of the reviews, which we will publish on a new website portal devoted to sustainable wellbeing research in New Zealand.



Launch of the Sustainable Wellbeing NZ Website


The Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) at Lincoln University announces a new website portal for research on sustainable wellbeing in New Zealand. The portal includes material from four closely related research programmes: Maximising Export Returns; Integrating Value Chains; The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard and Unlocking Export Prosperity. Access is at https://www.sustainablewellbeing.nz/.

Currently, the web page on that site devoted to Unlocking Export Prosperity contains a research report describing the planned programme. We will shortly add the four reviews on physical attributes, credence attributes, cultural attributes and leadership mentioned above.

The website also presents recent material produced by the Integrating Value Chains research programme (funded by the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge), which will interest readers. It includes four studies of consumers of New Zealand exports in two key markets:

All of the material on this website is available for download without charge. There is also a link to the MER Data Portal, which offers interactive data from previous AERU research.

AES President


The Agricultural Economics Society has announced that Caroline Saunders will be its President in 2019/20. Caroline is Science Leader for Unlocking Export Prosperity, and is only the second person outside Europe to receive this honour. Her tenure will begin with her Presidential Address to the Society’s annual conference at the University of Warwick in April 2019. Her provisional topic is Sustainable Agriculture: Life beyond Subsidies. This will drawing on two decades of research she has led on agri-food value chains in New Zealand, beginning with her contributions to the Food Miles debates in the 1990s.


The research programme Unlocking Export Prosperity receives funding from the Endeavour
Fund administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It is operating
from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2022. Please send any enquiries to the programme
manager, Professor Paul Dalziel, at paul.dalziel@lincoln.ac.nz.