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The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

Govt’s predator-free pledge – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 25th, 2016.

The Government announced today an ambitious target to make New Zealand predator free by 2050. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement in Wellington’s Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, echoing the call that physicist Sir Paul Callaghan made shortly before his death in 2012. Key said the Government would invest $28 million over four years to establish […]

Mega ministry merger – science leaders respond

John Kerr posted in on March 15th, 2012.

A new ministry, announced today, will absorb the functions of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the Department of Building and Housing. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment was officially announced by Prime Minister John Key at speech for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, […]

Media Coverage: Key to boost RS&T funding

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2010.

Earlier today, Prime Minister John Key announced that the government will be spending some $321 million on Research, Science and Technology, of which $225 million will be new funding. The funding will be spent on a range of initiatives, from actively encouraging commercialisation and technology transfer, to funding additional postdocs and attracting talented overseas scientists […]

PODCAST: Global Research Alliance opening session

Peter Griffin posted in on April 7th, 2010.

Today marked the beginning of the inaugural meeting of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) in Wellington.  The GRA was launched at the Copenhagen talks last year, and is regarded in some circles as the best thing to come out of the negotiations. Spearheaded by New Zealand and comprised of some 28 countries, as well as […]

NZ Herald: Putting forward New Zealand’s case

Peter Griffin posted in on December 7th, 2009.

Eloise Gibson from the NZ Herald gives us the stats on the officials heading to Copenhagen to represent New Zealand in the climate negotiations. Read full story here

Election 08: How were the science and tech issues treated?

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2008.

Well it’s all over bar the voting in what has already been a momentous week.The election campaign has been interesting for its preoccupation (finally) with weighty economic issues. But how did the science and technology – which underpin the knowledge economy we are supposed to be fostering, get treated in the election coverage? Well, the […]

10 science questions for John Key

Peter Griffin posted in on October 17th, 2008.

1. Education: New Zealand is struggling to produce enough science and technology graduates to meet the demanded for a skilled workforce. What will you do to improve the attractiveness of science and technology among young students in the education sector? National was disappointed to see the results of the latest NEMP survey on science in […]

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