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Ten year target to boost research & development – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 25th, 2017.

The Labour-New Zealand First coalition will undertake to increase spending on research & development to 2% of GDP over ten years, according to the agreement released yesterday. New Zealand’s level of gross spending on R&D is currently 1.3%, according to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), lagging the OECD average of 2.4%. Labour’s own R&D […]

How is the science sector tracking? – Expert reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 30th, 2016.

UPDATED: A snapshot of New Zealand’s science and innovation system has laid out where we are doing well and where there is room for improvement compared to other small advanced economies. The Science and Innovation System Performance Report was published yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is intended to benchmark performance […]

Business R&D spend rises – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 7th, 2016.

New Zealand businesses increased their research and development spending by more than 15 per cent in the last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. The findings come from the latest Business Operations Survey undertaken by Statistics. According to the survey, business spending on R&D has grown from $1.25 billion in 2014 to $1.44 billion in 2015. […]

National science strategy – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 6th, 2015.

The National Statement of Science Investment, launched yesterday, has been widely covered by New Zealand media. The document lays out the Government’s science strategy for the next ten years, including plans to raise business investment in R&D, introduce annual reporting on the science sector and simplify the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s contestable funding […]

R&D funding doesn’t always equal innovation – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 30th, 2015.

Does throwing more money into business R&D always create innovative new products and services? New research suggests the picture is more complex. Two separate papers, launched this week by economic and public policy institute Motu and the New Zealand Productivity Commission, examine the links between research and development (R&D) spending and the creation of new […]

IBM indexes New Zealand innovation

Peter Griffin posted in on May 29th, 2013.

IBM today released its second Innovation Index revealing that New Zealand’s overall innovation rate increased three per cent in the four years to 2011, boosted by increased spending on research and Development during the global financial crisis. R&D expenditure grew at an average rate of 7.6 per cent per annum between 2007 and 2011, largely driven […]

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Innovation special feature – NZ Herald

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 26th, 2013.

Fran O’Sullivan, Selwyn Pellett and Peter Griffin examine recent changes to the science, technology and innovation sector in a special feature section in today’s NZ Herald. An excerpt: “If you want to lift the wealth of New Zealanders you have to actually catalyse more innovation,” [Minister Steven Joyce] stresses. “That’s not just better widgets. It’s […]

Innovation – what can we learn from Europe?

John Kerr posted in on February 8th, 2012.

Innovation has become a major touchstone for policymakers and scientists as New Zealand makes  changes to some of its state science infrastructure to better support research and development  – including restructuring Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) into the nation’s biggest platform for industry, to be called Advanced Technology. The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, Sir Peter […]

Refuse the status quo – innovation researcher

John Kerr posted in on October 31st, 2011.

Writing in the Press, Prof John Fairweather of Lincoln University shares some of his insights into how innovation works in New Zealand. Prof Fairweather undertook a Government-funded research programme to identify conditions under which socio-technical networks best foster technology development, adoption and commercialisation. His perspective article in the Press gives an idea of what is […]

Are we supporting commercial research?

John Kerr posted in on June 24th, 2011.

When it comes to supporting R&D, the New Zealand government talks the talk, but are its initiatives working? Writing for Unlimited magazine, Matt Philp examines the government’s efforts to commercialise research. An excerpt (read in full here): Lifting our R&D game Are new government measures more effective? Necessity is supposed to be the mother of […]

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