Last year, it became clear that New Zealand's academic network, REANNZ, was in serious trouble.

Cash-strapped universities disgruntled with the organisation started defecting to cheaper commercial network providers, sparking concerns of history repeating itself.

But having REANNZ fall over like its predecessor Tuianet doesn't seem to be an option.


Sapere Research Group was hired by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to look into how REANNZ could get out of "a precarious financial position, with costs rising to exceed revenues and poor member engagement".

In brief, the report says yes, we do need a REANNZ but it needs