The Science Media Centre asked the leaders of the political parties ACT, the Green Party, the Maori Party , the Progressive Party and United Future to answer a series of questions on big science-related issues facing the country.
Only the Greens and United Future were able to respond to the deadline given. The comments of Greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons and United Future leader Peter Dunne are published in full at the links below:
The New Zealand Association of Scientists has also summarised the research, science and technology policies of the political parties in a special edition of the New Zealand Science Review, which is available here.
Responses from Prime Minister Helen Clark
Responses from Nationa lleader John Key