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

 


EPIC to contribute to growth of Chch



Hon Steven Joyce

Minister of Science & Innovation
22 November 2012 Media Statement
EPIC to contribute to growth of Chch

The new Enterprise Precinct Innovation Centre (EPIC) facility has been officially opened in Christchurch today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

“The opening of EPIC is an important step in the economic rebuilding of Christchurch and will create a valuable focal point for ICT businesses in the city,” Mr Joyce says.

“The blueprint for the new city includes plans for an innovation precinct in this area. EPIC, which will house 16 high-tech companies who have faced challenges with premises since the earthquake, is effectively the start of this,” Mr Joyce says.

“Christchurch hasa strong base of high-tech companies whose products and services are in demand internationally, alongside expertise in research in areas such as ICT and engineering. EPIC is a significant step towards better linking these strengths.

“Leveraging innovation and research more effectively to grow business internationally is a key focus of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda.”

“EPIC is an excellent example of a public-private partnership where local government, businesses and the Government have worked together to get things done,” says Mr Joyce.

Christchurch City Council has provided the land rent-free for five years; the project has been supported and financed by the Bank of New Zealand and underwritten by the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust.

The Government, through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, is investing $1.8 million over three years.

EPIC is one of four facilities that Mr Joyce will be opening in Christchurch today. He will also be opening the new Skills Hub, the new ARANZ Geo building and the new SKOPE facilities.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news