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Water, water everywhere – Ian Fuller

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 8th, 2017.

Two environmental issues have dominated the news so far this election year, both focused on waterways, writes Massey University’s Associate Professor Ian Fuller in Hawkes Bay Today. An excerpt (read in full): Serious storms and flooding – and the resulting economic costs – have focused attention on the effects of climate change, while events like […]

Can Bill English pick up the pace on scientific investment? – Jeff Tallon

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 19th, 2017.

Science was ignited as the fuel of economic growth, but the fame has gone out, writes Professor Jeff Tallon, physicist with The MacDiarmid Institute, in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): And it is inescapable, the Government needs to invest here much more heavily. We need to fund strategies, not projects. Where is […]

Roadmap for NZ science – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 18th, 2016.

On Friday, the Government released a discussion paper to identify the areas of scientific knowledge needed to support decision-making for conservation and environment policy and management. The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment jointly released the discussion paper Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap. It identifies big issues and possible research directions for New […]

Funding NZ with science – The New Zealand Herald

Laura Goodall posted in on November 17th, 2014.

Following up on the Government’s recent announcement that it is investing $139 million into 48 of New Zealand’s most promising research programmes, Teuila Fuatai at The New Zealand Herald takes a look at four of the projects that have been approved in the 2014 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment contestable science investment round. An excerpt (read in full here): […]

Editorial: National Science Challenges – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 22nd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s New Zealand Herald takes a look at the government’s new National Science Challenges. An excerpt (read in full here): Editorial: Crown’s aims for science give focus for research Science has been a black hole for taxpayers’ money. Governments of all stripes agree that science is something they should fund without knowing […]

Election 2011 – SMC science Q&A with political parties

Peter Griffin posted in on November 8th, 2011.

The Science Media Centre put questions on key science-related issues to the political parties ahead of the General Election scheduled to be held on November 26.  Please click on the links below to find the answers from responding political parties (or download as a PDF): Science priorities  |  Crown Research Institutes  |  Science and education  […]

HRC funds the wellbeing of New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on July 20th, 2011.

Millions of dollars are being invested into the health of  New Zealander’s through the government funding body, the Health Research Council. Yesterday the Health Research Council (HRC) announced the recipients of funding from the latest funding round. A grand total of $74.56 Million was allocated to 52 separate projects to be undertaken in universities, research […]

CRI mergers ‘could send scientist overseas’

John Kerr posted in on April 14th, 2011.

The Government is looking at merging Crown Research Institutes in a attempt to cut costs and increase efficiency. Writing for the Press, Vernon Small covered the response from scientists. An excerpt (read in full here): Scientists have attacked suggestions the eight Crown research institutes could be merged into as few as three super-CRIs as “a […]

Report on kiwi science education released

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2011.

Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, today released his much-awaited report on the state of science education in New Zealand, titled: “Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century“. In addition to a comprehensive review of science education in New Zealand, Sir Peter’s report makes a number of recommendations including: Enhancing […]

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