This annual report corresponds to the first year of the NZMATES programme, from the programme start date (17th of April 2018) to 31st March 2019. As this was the first period of programme activities, there was a focus on set-up and establishment of the Programme Management Office (PMO), including recruitment, procurement and policy development, as well as stakeholder engagement, especially with key programme partners. Significant progress is also reported on Programme Framework reports. Pipeline activities are still in the early stages, however the workplan developed for the coming year includes an exciting mix of projects and locations. This report outlines progress towards programme outputs, and comments on early progress towards short-term outcomes as well.