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Union welcomes extra funding for science

19 May 2006

Union welcomes extra funding for science capability fund

The Public Service Association welcomes the extra $34 million that is being allocated over the next four years through the CRI Capability Fund, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said today.

The PSA has over 2,000 members working for Crown Research Institutes and has taken a lead role in arguing for more investment in science capability in New Zealand.

Richard Wagstaff said the extra funding was a positive step, and the PSA would like further commitment from the government to a steady increase in funding in the future.

“A highly performing science sector has been identified as a key driver of innovation and sustainable economic growth. It is therefore critical that there is adequate funding for science and that we attract, retain, and network our high performing researchers, scientists, and technologists”.

Richard Wagstaff said the PSA would continue to strongly encourage the government to make science a priority for spending in future budgets.

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