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Research spending doesn't match priorities - report

Thursday 10 Dec 20 12:00pm

Monitoring buoys, like this one on Lake Okare in the Waikato region, are funded by regional councils rather than central government.

 

By Professor TROY BAISDEN, Waikato University | There’s a serious mismatch between what New Zealand’s Government identifies as the most pressing environmental issues, including climate change and freshwater quality, and the investments in environmental research it actually makes.

report released yesterday by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) shows New Zealand spends about $500 million  on environmental research each year.

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