Monthly Archives: July 2011

MSI portfolio – looking like the best ministerial game in town

But wait….there’s more. No, there’s not three but five current National MPs putting themselves forward as Minister of Science and Innovation after Wayne Mapp retires in November. Perhaps the magic word’s innovation, plus the fact that the hard yards have … Continue reading

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National MP’s lobbying for MSI position

Rumour has it that at least three National cabinet ministers are chasing the soon to be vacated Minister of Science and Innovation role. Present Minister Wayne Mapp steps down from Parliament after the upcoming election. Assuming National gets back into … Continue reading

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Tech transfer vouchers starting slow, but will help crank up an innovation conversation

Ten approved projects under MSI’s technology transfer voucher scheme that kicked off last November isn’t what you’d call a huge number. TTVs are a way to provide science/innovation expertise to businesses who don’t have an in-house R&D capability. But, just … Continue reading

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Woolly thinking it’s not

For a change, you can’t call this woolly thinking The wool industry got some interesting ‘innovation things’ happening at the moment. Firstly, there’s a consortium consisting of the Wool Research Organisation of NZ, industry participants and the Ministry of Science … Continue reading

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Scientist for a Day stirs the innovation pot

There’s a real need to crank up the amount of innovative thinking that goes on in existing businesses. Given the small size of many Kiwi companies, the bosses are often going to be so busy that they’re swamped simply running … Continue reading

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