Key’s only sharp arrow – as Minister of S&I


OK, another reason John Key should take up as Minister of Science & Innovation – apart from it being the only sharp arrow in his quiver.

This is on the presumption that we want to quickly grow knowledge intensive, value adding businesses and employment, that are scalable and partnerable around the world.

And as Mr Key has observed, the relatively low payback of tourism means this part of the economy is never really going to kick in with more paying power, so he can drop that without being seen to be too callous.

Key as Minister of Science & Innovation sends the right message for a country aiming to get ahead.

It is an authentic position for Key and his take on the world, and his view of how New Zealand must be part of that growth – much of which will be ‘green’.

As well as being Minister of S&I, having Key in charge of a group charged with ramping up our ability to turn ideas into income would galvanise New Zealand. Such an innovation council approach has been behind countries such as Denmark, Finland and Singapore concentrate their national efforts.

From the R&D to technical side, the investment, funding and routes to markets perspective; by drawing on the connections of new New Zealanders back to their birthlands, and focusing endeavours across the entire innovation ecosystem, Key could help provide a stimulus for many different sectors of our community.

The opportunity for him to lead, in what is effectively the only area of government spending where some influence is possible, must surely be tempting.

Go on John, tell us you’ll at least thinking about it.

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sticK is by Peter Kerr, a writer for hire. I have a broad science and technology background and interest, with an original degree in agricultural science. My writing speciality is making the complex understandable. I am available for outside consultancy work, and for general discussions of converting a good idea into something positive
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6 Responses to Key’s only sharp arrow – as Minister of S&I

  1. David says:

    Bang on!!

  2. David Collie says:

    Toally agree with these comments. The real future for NZ is in adding value to our current commodity production. We have the knowledge and abilities to lead the world in biotechnology and already do in some fields. As an entrepreneur have entered this field using contract research facilities at Universities and AgResearch, taken our first patent and now struggling with the marketing and run out of capital. Encouragement at the Prime Minister level would help secure angel/venture capital investment that would allow us to succeed. Our projected export prices of finished product are in the order of 100 times the current NZ commodity price

    • sticknz says:

      Your point re commodities is exactly right. If, as it sounds you’re doing, we treat what our sunshine, soil and fresh air provide as raw materials, it provides a whole story for whatever innovative food or other product is produced.

      A large part of what we need to do is change our outlook. Key would really help that process.

    • Daniel says:

      John Key the best man for the job? The one to lead us into the future? Jeepers! Isn’t he already dictating policy? What with all the cuts to environmental science jobs at AgResearch and NIWA and such… Let’s not forget that the flip side of this increased focus on innovation and so-called science-industry partnerships is that public good science that benefits everyone (however indirectly) gets slashed. I am seriously worried about what is going to happen to environmental sciences in this country if National is allowed to carry on with this science commercialisation malarkey.

  3. Robert says:

    Don’t look for Key to do this he doesn’t understand what you are talking about.
    He was going to have passport free access to Aussie two years back. Still not arrived. Not a results man at all. Delegates to the useless. Should have given Clarkson housing and building and got stuff done. Should give the job in CHCH to Clarkson. Gerry couldn’t do mining with how many years in politics so how he is going to sort CHCH only God and key have any idea.
    Mining and exploration should be ramped up as well but it will need much better people than National have to get it done.

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