Ministry of Science and Innovation

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Ministry of Science and Innovation

Te Pūnaha Hiringa Whakaea
Agency overview
Formed 2011
Preceding agencies Ministry of Research, Science and Technology
Foundation for Research, Science and Technology
Dissolved 2012
Superseding agency Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Annual budget NZ$19,660,000 [1]
Minister responsible Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation
Agency executive Murray Bain, Chief Executive
Website http://www.msi.govt.nz

The Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI; Te Pūnaha Hiringa Whakaea in Māori) was a government agency within the New Zealand government, dealing with the science and innovation sector in New Zealand. Its key roles and functions include:

  • advising the government on New Zealand’s science and innovation system[2]
  • overseeing the Government’s investment in science and innovation, and in infrastructure that supports science and innovation[3][not in citation given]
  • fostering commercialisation and the transfer of knowledge into technology, processes and products; enhancing productivity; and, through the application of research results and innovative effort, achieving wider benefits for New Zealand

The Ministry became operational on 1 February 2011, bringing together and replacing the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.[4][5] MSI assumed responsibility for the science and innovation policy and investment functions of both agencies.

In March 2012 Prime Minister John Key announced that the Ministry of Science and Innovation would be integrated into a new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, comprising the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour, Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Department of Building and Housing.[6] The new Ministry begin operating on 1 July 2012.[7]

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