NZ Industrial Relations Foundation

The NZ Industrial Relations Foundation (Inc) (the Foundation) is an educational trust set up to promote, through education, better industrial relations in New Zealand.

The application period for the 2023 round of grants is now open

The Foundation is especially interested in applications relating to research that can be used to promote education on either of the following topics:

1. The long-term impact of COVID-19 (and our response to it) on how we work, particularly topics looking at 1 or more of the following themes:

  • Changes in working from home or other flexible work arrangements,
  • The impact on mental health and wellbeing, including burnout and exhaustion,
  • The trend of ‘quiet quitting’ and attitudes towards work-life balance,
  • The impact on attitudes towards Health and Safety at work.

2. The role that tikanga can play in the development of employment policy and practice and/or employment dispute resolution processes.

Applications close on 8 July 2023.

If you have any questions, please email

Although we welcome all applications, past grants have typically been between $10,000 and $20,000.

How to return completed applications

By post:

The Secretary, New Zealand Industrial Relations Foundation,

c/- Employment Services, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment,

PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

By email:

About the Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1977 under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

The Foundation is administered by five Trustees. The Trustees are the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety (Chairperson), the President and the Chief Executive of Business NZ, and the President and the Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU).

Trustees are advised by a Steering Group consisting of the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) or nominee, the Chief Executive of Business NZ or nominee, and the Secretary of the CTU.

Secretariat for the Foundation is provided by MBIE.

Last updated: 08 May 2023