Who we are
REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd) is the Crown-owned company that owns and operates a high-speed, unrestricted broadband network (known to many as KAREN) for the New Zealand education, research and innovation communities.
Who we are and what we do
REANNZ is an expert purchaser of networks and services. As a not-for-profit membership organisation, we work on behalf of our community, aggregating demand to procure the best and most cost effective networks and services from the market to meet the community’s specialist needs.
The efficient management of REANNZ, ongoing reliable operation of the network, and engagement with our members is what we do day-to-day. Members’ use of the network and our work to meet their needs never stands still. Connecting new members, extending the reach of the network, expanding services and tools, and keeping the network advanced are ongoing activities.
We are a community-led and member-focused organisation. We work with and for our members to ensure they consider our network ‘their’ network and feel fully engaged in its evolution. Our members lead and participate in policy, service and network development of through a variety of member forums.
Snapshot of REANNZ
For a quick snapshot of REANNZ - who we are, what we do and how we do it - you can download the REANNZ at a glance brochure (pdf, 242KB).
The functions and purpose of REANNZ are contained in our Constitution and Statement of Intent.
REANNZ’s constitutional purpose is to “establish and operate the Advanced Network in order to promote education, research and innovation for the benefit of New Zealand”.
Our vision for REANNZ is that the we are:
- A network thought leader for New Zealand
- An expert demand aggregation & procurement entity
- Neutral across the sector and suppliers
- Centred on the network and our Members
- “Owned” by more stakeholders than just the Crown.
REANNZ was formed in September 2005 as a Crown-owned company under the Companies Act 1993 and is listed under schedule 4 of the Public Finance Act 1989. Its shareholders are the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Science and Innovation.
REANNZ’s performance is monitored by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, with policy oversight also provided by the Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit of the New Zealand Treasury.