Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Supporting world-class research

5 June 2007

Supporting world-class research

Seven Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) will receive new funding to produce world-class research that will help accelerate New Zealand’s economic transformation, Tertiary Education Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

Dr Cullen released the latest round of CoREs funding, which includes the reselection of six existing centres and the establishment of a new one.

"The Labour-led government has invested $123.5 million in the CoREs fund since it was established six years ago to encourage the development of excellent research which draws on the skills of our best scientists and researchers across the economy.

"The results that have already been achieved show that it is a model that is well worth that investment," Dr Cullen said today. "CoREs are not only a breeding ground for the research needed to drive a more dynamic economy, they also help to nurture and retain our best scientists and researchers.

"For example, the Centre for Growth and Development's research has huge potential for addressing our understanding of public health problems like diabetes and obesity. The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is doing outstanding research training of future physical scientists who are acquiring excellent research, entrepreneurial and communications skills.

"They are showing what can be achieved when researchers from across the sector work together and I congratulate the directors of those two CoREs Professors Peter Gluckman and Paul Callaghan.

"I am confident that the new CoRE hosted by Massey University will be a valuable addition to the CoREs network. The Riddet Centre - advancing knowledge in foods and biologicals, is looking at how future foods can aid health, wellness, convenience and pleasure.

"The food and beverage industry accounts for about half of our export earnings so it is great to see a new CoRE that focuses research on this cornerstone of New Zealand economy. It will foster the development of food that is manufactured in an environmentally friendly way and keeps the natural nutrients that are often removed during processing.”

Dr Cullen said the CoREs would receive about $31.4 million of operating funds per annum for six years and one-off capital funding of $20 million.

"It’s important to acknowledge that each CoRE has a number of partners from across the research sector, including other universities, wananga, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations."

"The work of the CoREs builds on the Labour-led government's commitment to supporting research across the public and private sector.

"A smart, dynamic economy needs world-class research to raise productivity and ensure we produce more of the kinds of products able to command a premium in overseas markets.

"Budget 2007 provides additional funding of $74 million over four years for research that helps meet our economic, social and environmental challenges,

"Private sector research is also being encouraged with a 15 per cent tax credit for research and development amounting to $630 million over four years.

"Fostering research is essential if we are accelerate the transformation of New Zealand into a high wage, knowledge-based economy. Today's announcement further underlines the Labour-led government's commitment to lifting our sustainable rate of economic growth," said Dr Cullen.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Video: Key 'Genuinely Couldn't Recall' Texts
Reaction: Greens | More

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news