At high tide, the Cook Strait — the ribbon of water separating New Zealand’s North and South Islands — is still and calm.
Aboard the research vessel Tangaroa, spatial ecologist Kim Goetz seizes the moment before the tide turns, and sends an acoustic recorder plunging downwards.
One specific target, which could further expand researchers’ employment opportunities, is to boost research-and-development investment from 1.28% of gross domestic product to 2% within a decade, bringing it closer to the 2.38% average for member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.“There’s a strong focus on increasing the proportion of investment from business,” Crabtree says.
In the new government’s first annual budget, NZ$1 billion was set aside over the next four years for an R&D tax incentive.
Analytical and methodological research which typically deals with a well-defined topic based on a substantive research question.
Collections of research papers on a variety of methodological topics, including how we collect and use statistics.
The team has also deployed acoustic moorings farther north, to monitor critically endangered Maui dolphins.
NIWA and other New Zealand research organizations have seen sustained funding growth in the past decade, as the country has increasingly focused on supporting basic and applied science.
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