Minister Announces new science policy at PSA Panel

Minister for Science and Innovation, Hon Paul Goldsmith, announced a $21 million funding boost for New Zealand science researchers at the PSA’s science forum this week.

The new investment aims to make it easier for science researchers to collaborate internationally by supporting the specialist services and activities undertaken by the Education and Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ).

The announcement came as a surprise to the more than 50 PSA members at the forum who had to quiz politicians, including the Minister, on science policy. After the event members said it was great to see the union arranging access to senior politicians so close to the election.

The forum, co-hosted with the New Zealand Association of Scientists, included a panel discussion with Minister Goldsmith, Labour MP Megan Woods, New Zealand First MP Tracey Martin, Green MP Gareth Hughes and TOP Candidate Geoff Simmonds.

The audience asked questions about how we lift the status of science in Parliament, whether we need a commissioner for science, what solutions are needed to support success in the sector (eg: more money, priority setting or better allocation of resources) and how we ensure more Māori and Pasefika excel in science.

The event was live streamed and a recording of the panel discussion and Q+A is available here.

A full story on the event along with a political round up of party policies will be featured in the next edition of Working Life.

Jem Yoshioka