Ministry of Science and Innovation

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Ministry of Science and Innovation
Te Pūnaha Hiringa Whakaea
Agency overview
Formed 2011
Preceding agencies
Dissolved 2012
Superseding agency
Annual budget NZ$19,660,000 [1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Murray Bain, Chief Executive

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

  • 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 began operating on 1 July 2012.


  1. ^ Annual Report 2010/11 Archived 11 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Govt announces Research and Development review". Otago Daily Times. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Research and development spending up, still lags Australia". New Zealand Herald. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Ryall, Tony (21 May 2010). "Implementing Next Steps in Improving State Services Performance: Paper 2 - Legislative and Financial Implications" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Mapp, Wayne (1 February 2011). "Launch of Ministry of Science and Innovation". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Hartevelt, John (15 March 2012). "Key announces super ministry". 

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