Real reason behind Invermay slaughter/restructure?

Supplied. ODT 6.8.14 (page 25)

ODT 6.8.14 Letters to the editor Simmers p25

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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10 responses to “Real reason behind Invermay slaughter/restructure?

  1. Elizabeth

    The failure of AgResearch to satisfactorily monitor, review and report on ”management of identified risks and perceived conflicts of interest” required independent examination. –David Clark, Dunedin North MP

    ### ODT Online Sat, 9 Aug 2014
    City MPs seek Invermay inquiry
    By John Gibb
    The Labour Party’s Dunedin-based MPs are pressing for the Auditor-general to launch an inquiry into AgResearch’s restructuring plan, that would result in ”axing scores of science jobs” at Invermay. An earlier approach by Invermay supporters did not result in a full review by the Auditor-general, Lyn Provost, but the MPs said circumstances had since changed and more information had become available.
    Read more

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    “City MPs” in the headline, “The Labour Party’s Dunedin-based MPs” in the text.
    Quick quiz: can anyone name a MP from Dunedin who appears to be sitting silently out of sight under a log, like a woodlouse?

    “I love Dunedin. It is the place of my birth, upbringing and education, and I have spent most of my adult life here. I’m passionate about ensuring Dunedin achieves all it can, and will be a strong advocate for the city to Central Government.”

    Slow clap.

    • Peter.

      The word…..passionate…..gets on my wick. It sounds insincere, in a try hard way, in order to sound ‘positive’.
      Be positive. Meaning, don’t disagree with me.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    Agreed. Linguistic hyperinflation. Passionate is the new “yeah-nah, whatever”. What word can one use now to express “extremely strong feelings about __”?

  4. Elizabeth


    Among staff to be shifted north are scientists working in genomics.

    Wed, 1 Jun 2016
    ODT: 56 jobs to be slashed from Invermay
    The Government has approved a plan to slash over 56 jobs from Dunedin agriculture research facility Invermay. The announcement today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce that AgResearch’s updated restructuring plan had been given ministerial approval is a blow to hopes the plan would be abandoned and jobs kept in Dunedin rather than shifted north to Lincoln.


    Press Release
    Steven Joyce
    1 June, 2016
    Govt approves updated AgResearch Future Footprint Plan
    Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced that shareholding ministers have approved AgResearch’s updated Future Footprint Programme (FFP) business case which will reconfigure the Institute’s operations across four sites with an investment of $133 million in buildings and other infrastructure.
    “AgResearch has presented a strong business case for change,” Mr Joyce says. “The FFP will modernise its facilities and co-locate research staff doing complementary work at the Palmerston North and Lincoln campuses. These campuses will form part of larger innovation hubs with other partners including tertiary institutions, Crown Research Institutes and industry researchers. The hubs will focus on food science in Palmerston North, and land-based sustainable productivity at Lincoln Hub.”
    Teams will continue to be maintained at AgResearch’s Ruakura (Hamilton) and Invermay (Mosgiel) campuses to focus on regional and specific farm systems and environmental issues. Approximately 199 AgResearch staff positions are planned for relocation over the next four years as a result of the Future Footprint programme. This is 83 fewer than in the original proposal. AgResearch will self-fund the programme through cash reserves, asset sales and debt.
    “Shareholding ministers have made clear their expectations that AgResearch will implement the business case successfully and work with hub partners to ensure that its developments complement and reinforce the work being done across the science system,” Mr Joyce says. “It is also our expectation that AgResearch will consult Ministers further in advance of key construction commitments for both the Palmerston North and Lincoln building projects.”
    “Investing in these new facilities will allow AgResearch to grow and develop their research capabilities for the future. It will also help attract new high quality science teams to work alongside private sector stakeholders. I am confident that the Future Footprint will represent a major step forward in research capability for the primary sector.”
    The Future Footprint Programme business case is available

    [ends] Link

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    Yes, Minister of Licensed Immolation “has announced that shareholding ministers have approved AgResearch’s updated Future Footprint Programme”. Staff will be given a boot-print on the arse and find themselves propelled onto a bonfire of broken promises and projects uncompleted when funding was suddenly withdrawn.
    Apologies for offending anyone who has faith in Steven Joyce’s sagacity.

  6. Elizabeth

    Thu, 2 Jun 2016
    ODT: Hammer falls on Invermay positions
    The fate of 56 jobs at a Dunedin research facility appears sealed after the Government approved a plan to shift them north to Lincoln. Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull […] said moving the jobs north would be bad for the regional and national economy, in particular sheep farming, which benefited from the research carried out at Invermay. […] It was yet another case of government centralisation damaging a regional economy.

  7. Wally

    It was considered by the Government. With the rate at which the productive soils and the related rural employment opportunities were disappearing under a DCC policy of “build and they will come”, Government has decided to get its agriculture research facilities out of Dunedin and relocated to somewhere they would be needed.

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