Impact Investor Insights Aotearoa New Zealand 2019

Updated: Mar 10

This research has been conducted by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) in partnership with The University of Auckland and can be accessed here.


The first in-depth research of the impact investing market in Aotearoa New Zealand. A survey of 99 investors representing all different types of assets reveals: investors' awareness, activity and motivations; and the opportunities and challenges facing impact investing.

Highlights include:

  • Survey respondents had $83.5b in assets under management with $889m (1%) as impact investments. Investors plan to allocate $5.9b to impact investments over the next 5 years, an estimated six-fold increase.

  • There was interest across all types of investors with 51% of respondents already active in impact investing.

  • Among investors not yet active in impact investing 78% are aware and the majority are interested in participating.

  • The top motivators to participate in impact investing are: align to mission; meet responsible investment commitments; contribute to building impact investment market.

  • The most important challenges to overcome to increase impact investments from investors are: more investable deals; evidence of social and environmental impact; evidence of financial performance.