Push to develop new research centre

The Budget pledge to commit $25 million to developing up to three new privately led regional research centres is drawing close scrutiny from local opinion leaders who would like to see the Bay of Plenty take one of the slots.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce said he wanted to create more private-public organisations in the regions, along the lines of Nelson’s Cawthron Institute.

“Regional Research Institutes would focus on scientific research relevant to a particular region, with a strong emphasis on the effective transfer of research into new technologies, new firms, and new products and services,” the minister said.

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