The new Minister for Research, Science and Technology used last night’s New Zealand Association of Scientists awards ceremony to give his first official speech as minister. And those in the room were left in no doubt as to where the minister and the new Government stands on science.
He said the science bureaucracy in New Zealand was “extremely complicated, hard to follow and sometimes the rationale is not all that clear,” Dr Mapp told scientists and senior government officials.
“The sector is overdue for some reform, the basic structure having been set some nearly 20 years ago now,” Dr Mapp told scientists and senior government officials.”
His comments in full can be heard in the podcast below.[audio:https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/wp-content/upload/2008/12/dr-wayne-mapp.mp3]