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

 

Taskforce on Strengthening CRIs welcomed

For immediate release 29 October 2009

Crown Research Institute Taskforce on Strengthening CRIs welcomed

Science New Zealand chairman, John Morgan, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Research, Science & Technology of a Crown Research Institute Taskforce to examine the purpose, governance and funding of CRIs.

“The Taskforce is part of a wider Government review of ways and means to improve the science investment, so as to deliver even more benefit to New Zealand.

“Minister Mapp is to be congratulated on setting a very positive, constructive context for the discussion. The three pronged initiative is forward looking. It includes system simplification and clarification around national science priorities, the Strengthening CRIs Taskforce and improving technology transfer. It will ensure that New Zealand benefits from science that is excellent, relevant, and well linked to the economic and related challenges we face.

“The Crown Research Institutes are the heart of the nation’s science capability. We have two-thirds of the publicly-funded science researchers, outside of health and ICT areas. The Crown Research Institutes are the only entities specifically directed by statute to advance ideas and deliver results that benefit New Zealand.

“We have been doing that since 1992, building global reputations in that time.

“Each Crown Research Institute has changed considerably in that time, reflecting both the dynamics of our science and the sectors that we serve.

“Collaborations between CRIs, with universities and with other research organisations have grown tremendously in depth and breadth.

“Most importantly, so has the quality and quantity of engagement with businesses and other end users. No other government-owned research labs in the world have the level of private sector engagement that we have.

“Those improvements have occurred within the current settings. We are keen to deliver even more benefit to New Zealand from what are the nation’s powerhouses of science capability. It is ideal to consider how we can do this, within the Government’s wider review of the science system.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

RNZ: Porirua Most Expensive Region To Rent, According To Trade Me

A rental website shows this town is now New Zealand's most expensive region to rent a house, ahead of Wellington and Auckland cities. More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: Nearly 1,000 More Big Businesses Now Than Two Decades Ago – Media Release

There are now 2,690 big businesses in New Zealand employing more than 100 staff – nearly 1,000 or 58 percent more than 20 years ago, Stats NZ said today. Over the 20 years to February 2020, the total number of enterprises in New Zealand increased ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Housing Boom Could Get Worse, Economist Warns

Economists are calling on the Reserve Bank to reinstate lending restrictions, warning the housing market is spiralling out of control. More>>

ALSO:

Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>

ALSO:

NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>

ALSO:


CERT NZ: Malicious Computer Virus Targeting New Zealanders

CERT NZ, the government agency which supports organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, says a recent surge of increasingly sophisticated malware attacks is affecting everyday New Zealanders as well as large organisations. The ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: NZ Small Business Recovery Continues In September

Xero, the global small business platform, today released its Small Business Insights (XSBI) for September revealing an uptick in small business jobs and year-on-year revenue growth in New Zealand. Nationwide, the average number of jobs in the small ... More>>

ALSO:


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>