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


Auckland lab heralds NZ healthcare robotics

Hon Pete Hodgson
Minister of Research Science and Technology

19 August 2008
Embargoed until 6.00 pm Media Release

Auckland lab heralds NZ healthcare robotics

The new robotics laboratory in Auckland heralds healthcare robotics in New Zealand according to the Minister of Research, Science and Technology and Economic Development, Pete Hodgson.

Pete Hodgson experienced first hand the advances in robotic technology when he had his blood pressure taken by a robot at the launch today. “This is an exciting new era in healthcare. It will free up health professionals’ time to attend to other patient matters and has the potential to bring huge economic and social benefits for New Zealand,” he said.

The Joint Laboratory for u-Healthcare Robotics (the Laboratory) is a joint venture between the University of Auckland and the Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).

“By combining our two countries’ strengths, New Zealand’s software design and Korea’s strength in robotic technology and production, we can build a global market in robotic healthcare for both our countries.”

The laboratory will use the existing Korean robot technology to customise it for the needs of medical professionals in western countries, including New Zealand.

Robots currently on the global market include nurse assistants, medication deliverers and even social companions in hospitals. The market for these types of products is estimated to be worth several billion US dollars and New Zealand firms alone may capture several hundred million dollars.

“The University of Auckland already has expertise in robot programming, emotion recognition, psychological and clinical evaluation, healthcare informatics, wireless transmission and speech communication. This joint venture will give us the resources and technology we need to commercialise this expertise through robotic production,” said Pete Hodgson.

Governments of both countries are contributing a total of $5.5 million to the laboratory. New Zealand’s contribution comes from the International Investment Opportunities Fund through Vote RS&T.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Rivals For The Covid Saliva Testing Dollar

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>


Stats NZ: Latest Release Of Child Poverty Statistics

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>




InfoPages News Channels