MP for Taupo
New Zealanders are innovative, it’s in our DNA. Our productive sector and our niche companies provide the world with high-quality unique products. I’ve visited businesses here in South Waikato which are creating innovative products that are important and useful, both nationally, and on the international stage.
National knows how important it is to stay ahead of the global competition so we can build a more competitive and productive economy.
We have an ambitious science and innovation agenda. This includes our half billion dollar investment in the Primary Growth Partnership to develop cutting edge research and innovation in our rural industries.
More than 30 countries are now part of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases that we set up in 2009 to look at ways to grow more food without increasing emissions.
Last week we took another step, unveiling the Advanced Technology Institute.
The institute builds on our science and innovation programme that has seen New Zealand climb from 28th on the Global Innovation Index five years ago to be 13th today.
The Advanced Technology Institute takes in Industrial Research Ltd (IRL). It will be based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – close to our main business centres and innovative firms. And it will become a good career option for our brightest young scientists, engineers, designers, and technicians.
As part of Budget 2012, the Government has allocated $166 million over four years for the institute.
The Advanced Technology Institute will focus on industries with significant growth potential such as food and beverage manufacturing, agritechnologies, digital technologies, health technologies and therapeutics manufacturing, and highvalue wood products.
National wants to see more Kiwi business success stories. We believe bridging the gap between business, science, engineering and design is the way to turn ideas into products and products into more jobs and higher incomes for Kiwis.
I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage any of our talented local Pacific youth to put their hand up for this year’s Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, which recognise those who have excelled in their field of study. The awards also acknowledge students who have inspired others within their community.
The awards were set up by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in 2010, and reward students for their skills in leadership, innovation and creativity.
The awards also acknowledge students who have inspired others within their community. We have some talented and inspiring youth here in South Waikato and I would like to encourage you to visit pacificyouthawards.org.nz for more information.
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