An independent review of the high value manufacturing and services sector was undertaken earlier this year by an independent panel to see how research organisations can better support businesses in the sector.
The panel’s report Powering Innovation is now available.
- Powering Innovation overview report (27 pages, PDF; 326kb)
- Powering Innovation overview report (27 pages, Word; 576kb)
- Powering Innovation full report (111 pages, PDF; 1.14mb)
- Powering Innovation full report (111 pages, Word; 2.05mb)
The report states the high value manufacturing and services sector has the potential to generate a step change in economic growth and social wellbeing in New Zealand, but it is currently under-developed.
The panel report highlights a number of areas where New Zealand can lift its game including:
- increasing the connections between research organisations and businesses
- changing the innovation culture to promote greater commercialisation of new ideas
- developing capability and skills to bridge the gap between research and business
- focusing government R&D investment to build scale in key sub-sectors of the high-value manufacturing and services sector.
The review report recommends a number of initiatives to grow the high value manufacturing and services sector.
The review panel took a holistic view of the innovation system, and therefore the recommendations span wider than science and innovation.
The review was conducted by an independent panel, chaired by Professor John Raine, Head of the School of Engineering and Pro Vice-Chancellor Innovation and Enterprise at the Auckland University of Technology. The other panel members were Professor Mina Teicher, Director of the Emmy Noether Research Institute for Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and Business New Zealand Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly.
It is the role of Government to decide on a response to the report’s recommendations.
- Terms of Reference – independent review panel [PDF; 45kb]