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March 2019: Rebekah Fuller from Lincoln Agritech presented on Mātauranga Māori at the first 2019 Speaker’s Science Forum on 13 March.
IRANZ welcomes Dr John McDermott to the Independent Research Organisation community as he moves to take up the reins at Motu this month.
IRANZ Chair and Aqualinc CEO, John Bright, is quoted in the Christchurch Press on the future of Canterbury's water supply.
The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) is supporting this year’s New Zealand Aerospace Challenge.
Mackie Research is continuing to lead work to improve transport outcomes in South Auckland in the Safe and Healthy Streets programme.
Lincoln Agritech hosted senior officials from the Chinese National Agro-Technical Extension and Service Centre (NATESC).
Motu: Local growth – it’s complex!
March 2019: Current European regional policy promotes "smart specialisation" by encouraging regions to expand into activities that "build on local strengths". Smart specialisation rests upon the idea that bringing together people with complementary skills helps them generate new ideas that boost innovation and growth. But does this actually work?
Recent analysis by Benjamin Davies and Dr David Maré, both of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, examines the potential for this way of generating ideas to promote urban employment growth in New Zealand. They find that, in New Zealand, the presence of related industries in an area is not a strong predictor of local employment growth.
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