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 researchers talk about trust in a digital age.

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

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

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



  • Matthias Galster: Co-director Veracity Lab and Science Lead, Associate Professor, University of Canterbury
  • Māui Hudson: Co-director Veracity Lab, Associate Professor, University of Waikato
  • Brendan Hoare: Associate Director Veracity Lab, Director Buy Pure New Zealand

Research Team

  • Markus Luczak-Roesch, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Kelly Blincoe: Dr, University of Auckland
  • Tim Miller: Dr, 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
  • Stephen Cranefield: Professor, University of Otago

Operational and Management

  • Maree Kibblewhite: Senior Administrator, Victoria University of Wellington

Advisory Board

  • Karyne Rogers: Senior Scientist at GNS Science
  • James Noble: Director, Creative Research and Programming
  • 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 to 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 the Government considers legislation around regulating organic standards through the Organic Products and Production Bill currently before the House.

Contestable AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will undoubtedly enter and influence many more areas of people’s daily lives. From loan and insurance claim decisions 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.


Research Briefs

Our 1-page research briefs provide an overview of current research relating to the Veracity Spearhead Research Project.

27 March 2024
Towards quantifying technical debt for veracity requirements

4 December 2023
Supporting rules-as-code using NFTs stored on a private blockchain
Audio recording

30 November 2023
Understanding software provenance mechanisms in industry
Audio recording

Discovering security blind spots in software supply chains
Audio recording

28 November 2023
Automated assurance of an organ transplant allocation process
Audio recording

28 November 2023
Secure digital technologies for tribal registries
Audio recording

23 November 2023
A Logic for Veracity
Audio recording

23 November 2023
Human-centric literature review on trust
Audio recording


March 2024
ĀHAU I AM (poster)
Harikrishnan Venugopal, University of Waikato Summer Student
(Veracity Research Aim 1).

October 2023
Modelling the Quantification of Veracity Requirements Technical Debt
Judith Perera (University of Auckland)
(Veracity Rangatahi Bolt-on Project).

September 2023
A Review of Computational Models of Trust
Stephen Cranefield (University of Otago) and Steve Reeves (University of Waikato)
(Veracity Research Aim 1).

26 June 2023
The Veracity Grand Challenge in Computing: A Perspective from Aotearoa New Zealand
Markus Luczak-Roesch (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington), Matthias Galster
(University of Canterbury) and Kevin Shedlock (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington)
(Veracity Research Aim 4).

8 June 2023
On the Security Blind Spots of Software Composition Analysis Caused by Cloning and Shading
Jens Dietrich (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington), Shawn Rasheed (UCOL – Te Pūkenga), Alexander Jordan (Oracle Labs)
(Veracity Research Aim 2).

31 May 2023
Human-centric Literature on Trust for SfTI Veracity Spearhead
Kelly Blincoe (University of Auckland), Markus Luczak-Roesch (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington), Tim Miller (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington), and Matthias Galster
(University of Canterbury)
(Veracity Research Aim 3).

13 April 2023
Veracity Spearhead: Organic Case Study (slides)
Exploring Trust, Truthfulness and Authenticity within New Zealand’s Organics Supply Chain.
Judith Perera (University of Auckland)
(Veracity Research Aim 3).

12 April 2023
Organics Case Study: Use Case Briefs
Judith Perera (University of Auckland) and Camila Costa Silva (University of Canterbury)
(Veracity Research Aim 3).

4 April 2023
Kaitiakitanga with Ahau (poster)
Fintan Mountfort, University of Waikato Summer Student
(Veracity Research Aim 1).

4 April 2023
Poster resulting from work with Āhau.
Mahaki Leach, University of Waikato Summer Student
(Veracity Research Aim 1).

3 April 2023
Exploring the Conversations Around Trust in Software Development
Aditya Shenoy, University of Auckland Summer Student
(Veracity Research Aim 3).

13 February 2023
Towards Understanding Provenance in Industry
Matthias Galster, University of Canterbury and Jens Dietrich, Victoria University of Wellington (Veracity Research Aim 2).

24 January 2023
A Logic for Veracity
Steve Reeves, University of Waikato (Veracity Research Aim 1).

10 November 2021
A submission to the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa consultation by the Veracity Lab community


  • 21 June 2022
    Veracity Logic seminar at CSIRO by Steve Reeves, University of Waikato (Veracity Research Aim 1).



Symposium and Engagement


DATE: Wednesday 5 June, 2024

TIME: 8.00am – 4.45pm, followed by networking drinks 4.45pm – 6.00pm

PROGRAMME: To be advised

REGISTRATION: to be advised


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

Join us on:

X – @VeracityLab

Blue Sky – @veracitylab.bsky.social

Veracity Webinar Series

Tuesday 23 April 2024, 7pm: Webinar – “Improving software supply chain security”
For the poster click here.

  • In this webinar we will discuss some ongoing work to improve the security of software supply chains. This topic has attracted increasing attention after several cybersecurity incidents exploiting vulnerabilities in opensource components and services, leading to a political response that is changing the software industry.
  • Speakers: David Eyers (Veracity research team member and Professor, University of Otago), Tim White (Senior Research Software Engineer to the Veracity research project), Jens Dietrich (webinar convener, Veracity research team member and Associate Professor (Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington).

Wednesday 23 November 2022, 5 pm: Webinar – “Reverse engineering New Zealand’s organic supply chain – implications for digital”

  • In this webinar Veracity will be sharing our learning and insights to date on the opportunity of ensuring veracity in the worlds’ fastest growing multi-food sector.
  • Speakers: Matthias Galster (Science Lead and Associate Professor, University of Canterbury), Judith Perera (Research assistant on the Veracity project, PhD candidate University of Auckland), Richman Wee (Veracity Advisory Board member and Academic Research Manager, University of Waikato).

Wednesday 28 September 2022, 5 pm: Webinar – “Veracity Digital Identity – what is in the service of what?”

  • In this webinar thought leaders, researchers and practitioners share their insights into the veracity of digital identity.
  • Speakers: Stuart Hill (Emeritus Professor Social Ecology, University of Western Sydney, Australia) speaking on identity and sense of place, Ben Tairea (CEO Ahau, Advisor Veracity Lab, EC Digital Identity NZ) speaking on identity, trust and authority, Andrew Ecclestone (Victoria University of Wellington) speaking on provenance, freedom of information and open government process.

Friday 29 July 2022, 12 noon: Webinar – “Veracity Scholar Update”

  • In this webinar the postdoc scholars working on the Veracity Research Project talk about their research and findings to date.
  • Speakers: Judith Perera (PhD candidate University of Auckland); Bailey Jewell (PhD candidate, Victoria University of Wellington); Hazel Darney (PhD candidate, Victoria University of Wellington).
  • Powerpoint presentation slides

Tuesday 28 June 2022, 1 pm: Webinar – “Non-fungible Tokens or NFTs: Practical, Legal and Regulatory Issues”
A Veracity Lab + TeLENZ ‘Leading Minds’ webinar.

  • This webinar explores a number of introductory, practical, legal and regulatory issues related to NFTs.
  • Speakers: A/Prof Wayne Rumbles (TeLENZ Project Lead); James Cochrane (Partner, Stace Hammond); Binu Paul (Specialist Lead, Fintech @ Financial Markets Authority NZ); A/Prof David Eyers (University of Otago and Veracity Research Project member); A/Prof Alex Sims (Dept of Commercial Law, University of Auckland).

Tuesday 10 May 2022, 5 pm: Webinar – “Rules as Code”
A Veracity Lab + TeLENZ ‘Leading Minds’ webinar.

  • In this webinar, researchers, policy makers and technologists will be discussing (1) the role of rules of code and related work undertaken in New Zealand and overseas; Potential for initiatives to be trialled in New Zealand, 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, New Zealand Law Foundation-funded research on ‘Legislation as Code for NZ’ & Product Architect, Developer, Wellington City Council).

Wednesday 30 March 2022, 5 pm: Webinar – “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; and (3) what 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).

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 1 pm: Webinar – Discussion of our working paper “Digital Whenua, Sovereignty and Rights for Aotearoa”.
Part of the Whāki Webinar Series.

November 2-4, 2021: Webinar – 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.
Below are recordings from the webinars.