Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


A think tank for the knowledge economy

A think tank for the knowledge economy gets underway

The newly formed Science and Innovation Advisory Council (SIAC), will act as a “think tank for the knowledge economy” said founding Chair, Rick Christie at the Prime Minister’s launch of the Council in Wellington today.

“I welcome the Government’s initiative in setting up the Council, and seeking diverse views on the best way to get science and innovation working for New Zealand,” Mr Christie said.

Mr Christie, Chief Executive of investment company Rangatira Ltd, said the nine members named today were involved in many fields of science, business, technology, culture and Maori life.

Other members include John Blackham (XSol Ltd), former Christchurch Mayor Vicki Buck, Kate Frykberg (The Web), Donna Hiser (Innovus), Dr Michael Matthews (Tatua Dairy Co-op Ltd), Sir Angus Tait (Tait Electronics), Stephen Tindall (founder of The Warehouse), and leading Maori scientist Dr Michael Walker of University of Auckland.

“SIAC will consult with the community, develop innovation strategies for New Zealand and meet with the Prime Minister every three months. The Council members have excellent networks around New Zealand, and we will offer positive but realistic advice to Government on a range of issues,“ Mr Christie said.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Electricity Market: Power Panel Favours Scrapping Low-Fixed Charges

An independent panel reviewing electricity prices favours scrapping the government’s low-user fixed charge regime, banning the use of prompt-payment discounts, and requiring greater disclosure of the profit split between the retail and generation arms of the major power companies. More>>


Bottomless Oil And Zero Climate Cost: Greenpeace Not Big On PEPANZ Gas Ban Report

The NZIER report commissioned by oil industry body, PEPANZ, claims the oil and gas ban issued by the Government last April could cost the the New Zealand economy $28 billion by 2050... But Greenpeace says the figures in the report are based on false assumptions and alternative facts. More>>


Two Queensland Fruit Flies And A Different One In Otara: Devonport Fruit And Veg Lockdown

Work continues at pace on the biosecurity response following the discovery last week of one male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Devonport. More>>


Digital Services Tax: Government To Plan Tax On Web Operator Income

New Zealand is to consult on the design of changes to tax rules which currently allow multinational companies in the digital services field to do business here without paying income tax. More>>