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The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on proposals for the research, science and innovation (RSI) sector. In its formative stage, the Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper seeks to begin the conversation about the future of New Zealand’s research system.

At AgriTechNZ, we proudly connect an ecosystem of innovators, investors, regulators and researchers. We know that the success of our sector is based on an inclusive and collaborative RSI system.

The Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper focuses on six key areas: 

  1. Research Priorities: how to better identify and deliver on whole of system research priorities.
  2. Te Tiriti, Mātauranga Māori, and Supporting Māori Aspirations: how the research system can best honour Te Tiriti, give life to Māori research aspirations, and enable mātauranga Māori.
  3. Funding: how to reshape the funding system for the future and to give effect to research priorities.
  4. Institutions: how to increase connections, collaboration and adaptability within the system for future success.
  5. Workforce: how the RSI workforce is supported, developed and funded.
  6. Research Infrastructure: how we invest in, govern and run the national research infrastructure.

As part of the consultation process, we are preparing a submission and have already spoken with many stakeholders. At a high level, we expect to be commenting on these topics:
– Industry stakeholder engagement
– Skills and relationships that enable innovation
– A ‘whole of system’ perspective
– Perspectives on New Zealand’s strengths, opportunities and place in the world
– Te Tiriti partnership and it’s potential to frame a deep and unique contribution to global issues
– The global impact of New Zealand science and innovation
– Measures of success and impact from our RSI system.

If you have an opinion or would like to schedule a call with one of our team to discuss further, please email us

Ngā mihi

Brendan O’Connell
Chief Executive, on behalf of the Executive Council of AgriTech New Zealand