Est. July 2021


Our vision is to create a high veracity digital nation that reflects and amplifies a desired quality of life here in Aotearoa New Zealand


Veracity Lab facilitates deep and inclusive conversations across all areas of society about our digital future, and provides capabilities to incubate and undertake research and development work at the cutting edge of values-based and human-centered technology.

Partnership model

Partnership model

Veracity lab will provide the objective and safe environment to facilitate the following partnerships:

  • Indigenous
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Education
  • Developer
  • Government


  • Markus Luczak-Roesch: Co-director, Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Māui Hudson: Co-director, Associate Professor, University of Waikato
  • Brendan Hoare: Associate Director, Buy Pure New Zealand
Research Team
  • Kelly Blincoe: Dr, University of Auckland
  • Tim Miller: Victoria University of Wellington
  • Steve Reeves: Professor, University of Waikato
  • Jens Dietrich: Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
  • David Eyers: Associate Professor, University of Otago
  • Kevin Shedlock: Victoria University of Wellington
  • Matthias Galster: Associate Professor, University of Canterbury
  • Stephen Cranefield: Professor, University of Otago
Operational and Management
  • Hamish Findlay: Commercialisation Advisor, Wellington UniVentures
  • Jane Li: Project Coordinator and Research Assistant, Victoria University of Wellington
Advisory Board

  • Karyne Rogers: Senior Scientist at GNS Science
  • James Noble: Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ben Tairea: Managing Director and Kaiwhakahaere, CEO of Āhau
  • Richman Wee: Academic Research Manager for the New Zealand Law Foundation (NZLF), University of Waikato

Supported by


case studies

Indigenous data

Local Contexts (www.localcontexts.org) supports the application of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels and Biocultural (BC) Labels to datasets to ensure information relating to provenance and cultural authority is maintained in the digital records associated with mātauranga and taonga. Maintaining the integrity and trustworthiness of this metadata in Te Ao Matihiko (Digital World) is a key challenge which the Veracity Lab is helping us address.

Natural products

We will be exploring with the organic community in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally how we can take a 40 year old internationally recognised environmental standard process from analogue to digital using veracity. This is of particular interest to Aotearoa New Zealand as we are in the midst of creating regulating organic through our Organic Products Bill.

Contestable AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will undoubtedly enter more and more areas of people's daily lives. From loan and insurance claim decision to autonomous machines in farming, AI is already in use in many areas today. An important question is, how do humans intervene when they disagree with or doubt the actions that are triggered by AI? How do we make sure actions of AI are reliably documented and understandable? Who is accountable? Veracity Lab is looking at these questions from the perspective of the national digital infrastructure needed to ensure humans can live well alongside an ever increasing amount of AI in their environment.






We follow an agile process of ideation, requirements analysis and specification between the Veracity Lab Research Team and stakeholders that can join the Veracity Lab Partnerships at any time to bring in new research and development challenges of high priority for a high veracity digital nation into the Veracity Lab.


Veracity Lab + TeLENZ ‘Leading Minds’ Webinar Series

Tuesday 10th May 2022, 5 pm: Join us for a webinar titled "Rules as Code"

  • In this webinar, researchers, policy makers and technologists will be discussing (1) the role of rules of code and related work undertaken in NZ and overseas; Potential for initiatives to be trialled in NZ and (2) multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations to explore specific use cases.
  • Speakers: Nadia Webster (Manager, Data & Insights, Wellington City Council & (2020—2021) Innovation Lead, Smart Council), Hamish Fraser ( Co-investigator, NZ Law Foundation-funded research on ‘Legislation as Code for NZ’ & Product Architect, Developer, Wellington CC)
  • Zoom Link: Free to join in and Zoom link will be generated after registration here

Veracity Webinar Series

Wednesday 30th March 2022, 5 pm: Join us for a webinar titled "Demystifying Blockchain"

  • In this webinar practitioners and researchers working in blockchain will discuss what (1) they may be useful for; (2) may be achieved equally or better using other technologies; (3) the principles embedded in blockchain technology actually are. Facilitated discussion will explore when and how blockchains may be of use, and when and why they may not.
  • Speakers: Robert O'Brien (Distributed Systems Software Architect, yümi), David Eyers (Associate Professor, University of Otago), Walter Langelaar (artist/academic in Media Design, Victoria University of Wellington), Chris Claridge (Chair, Trust Alliance New Zealand)
  • Zoom link: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/92465918959

Whāki Webinar Series

Tuesday 30th November 2021, 1 pm: Join us to discuss our working paper on "Digital Whenua, Sovereignty and Rights for Aotearoa."

Webinar series on 'Digital Strategy for Aotearoa'

November 2-4, 2021: Veracity Lab led a series of open discussions exploring how the Government's 'Digital Strategy for Aotearoa' can trigger a positive repositioning of our digital future and to put people in control of what it looks like.
Below are the recordings from the webinars.