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Design Taskforce successful first meeting

16 May 2002 Media Statement

Design Taskforce successful first meeting

The importance of design in adding value to New Zealand business was the key discussion point from the first meeting of the Design Taskforce, which met in Wellington today.

Jim Anderton, who co-chaired the Taskforce meeting, said he was looking to the Taskforce to identify the key priority areas for the design industry, and to create a process for continuing Government and industry partnership. Ray Labone, Chairman of Designworks, is the other co-chair of the Taskforce.

A number of working groups have been established to address priority issues.
These are:
1. Case Studies of design led companies;
2. Examining the feasibility of an International Design Conference in NZ;
3. Integration issues between Designers and Manufacturers
4. Independent analysis of the Design Industry Scoping Study.

Each member of the Taskforce has offered time to work on these specific areas and will meet before the next full meeting at the end of June.

The taskforce is part of the Growth and Innovation Framework announced by the Prime Minister earlier this year.

The Design Industry Taskforce members are Mary Davy (Maxim-Group), Michael James (Unitec), Peter Haythornthwaite (Creativelab), Neville Findlay (Zambesi), Jeremy Moon (Icebreaker), Richard Cutfield (Pencarrow Investments), Simon Fraser (Victoria University), Ray Labone (Designworks), John Raine (Canterbury University), Henare Walmsley (Tawhiri Architects), Leong Yap (Massey University) and Mark Pennington, (Formway).

For further information contact Sector Specialist, Clare O’Leary at Industry NZ


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