Tagged: innovation

The once and future farmer - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 16, 2017

In our own cultural memory New Zealand used to have the best farming system in the world. No more, according to some. Two recent articles about the Netherlands illustrate how we are falling behind in some ways, and can provide a stimulus for how we can do better. National Geographic highlights the Netherland’s sustainable agricultural system in … Read More

“Additionality”: How will we know the National Science Challenges are making a difference? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 13, 2017

by Professor Sally Davenport Many of us in the innovation system have been hearing this ‘additionality’ word a lot recently. For some it’s an odd term they have never heard before and, relative to many words, it is a youngster. It apparently first surfaced in the 1950s as a concept in economics. Sally Davenport The Oxford Dictionary defines … Read More

Why we should give some serious thought to a Science and Innovation Council - Stick

Peter Kerr Jan 10, 2017

It’s that time of year when we fly  kites, give voice to possibilities. So, given we have a new Science and Innovation minister, namely Paul Goldsmith, how about exploring whether now is a good time to put seriously explore forming a Science and Innovation Council. New Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith should look at the advantages of forming a … Read More

Science in NZ: How are we doing? - News

John Kerr Nov 30, 2016

A ‘big picture’ report on the New Zealand science system shows Kiwis are pretty good at publishing top-notch research and collaborating with scientists overseas, but there is room for improvement on our business R&D spending.  The 2016 Science and Innovation System Performance Report was released yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The report aims to give policy-makers, academics and … Read More

Perhaps the TIN100 deserves an ex gratia payment? - Stick

Peter Kerr Oct 27, 2016

Perhaps Greg Shanahan and his TIN100 team and reports are deserving of an NZ Inc ex gratia payment – because arguably they’ve been most responsible for bringing hi tech out of the closet, making it cool(er)*. Of course we can never tell what would’ve happened without this report coming into being 12 years ago, but purely as an ‘aspirational … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 2 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 10, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Reframing innovation in New Zealand Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 08, 2016

The assignment from Te Punaha Matatini – to think about how we might reframe innovation in the New Zealand context and to use the available data from Figure.NZ to do so – has given me pause to consider some often overlooked and what I believe are pivotal components to creating a brighter future – diversity (in this piece, focussing … Read More

Shelling out to lure top global research talent - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 20, 2016

When I visited universities and research institutes in Israel last year I was struck by two things – their entrepreneurial outlook and their eagerness to bring international entrepreneurial research collaborations to fruition. A focus in these areas – enabled by state, private and foreign investment, has paid off for Israel in the form of a research sector that creates a pipeline … Read More