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

 


First National Science Challenge announced

First National Science Challenge announced

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the launch of the first National Science Challenge, the High Value Nutrition Challenge, which will receive confirmed funding of up to $30.6 million over five years.

The objective of the High- Value Nutrition Challenge (Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga) is to develop high value foods with validated health benefits. The High- Value Nutrition Challenge is led by researchers from the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, Massey University, AgResearch, and Plant and Food Research.

“This is an important milestone for the National Science Challenges and New Zealand’s science sector. Over the past six months researchers from a range of institutions and across disciplines have been developing Challenge proposals,” Mr Joyce says.

“The proposal developed by the High- Value Nutrition Challenge consortium is the first example of how the Challenge process has brought researchers together to focus on the big science-based issues facing the country.”

The National Science Challenges are designed to tackle the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand.

Ten National Science Challenges have been identified. The High Value Nutrition Challenge will examine the health benefits of food. For example, in the area of mobility: Can foods improve suppleness, flexibility and recovery from injury? And in the area of child health: Can health-giving foods lift immunity levels and increase tolerance to allergies?


“Food and beverages are important contributors to the growth of New Zealand exports. This Challenge will focus on how New Zealand can add value through science to our primary produce,” Mr Joyce says.

“New Zealand has world-class food scientists. The Challenge will provide the science to underpin and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of high quality, safe foods with validated health benefits.”

The funding of $30.6 million has been approved subject to the finalisation of contract conditions. After a review at the end of five years another $53.2 million becomes available for a second five year period. Along with relevant Crown research institute core funding of $97 million over ten years, total funding for the High-Value Nutrition Challenge is up to $180.8 million over 10 years.

Work is progressing on the other proposals in tranche one—the Deep South and Resilience to Natures Challenges. Proposals for the remaining seven Challenges are due at the end of April, with funding announcements set to be made in 2014.

Each Challenge includes both new funding and funds that will become available as current MBIE research contracts directly related to each Challenge mature. The new Challenge money comprises $73.5 million over four years in Budget 2013, in addition to the $60 million over four years allocated in Budget 2012; and continuing funding of $30.5 million per year thereafter.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news