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Yesterday was budget day so let's take a look at what it means to sci-tech operators in New Zealand.
Firstly, they're planning to throw a snot-load more money at Callaghan Innovation.
I don't think I need to reiterate my views on that -- suffice to say that I'm sure the "well connected" will have been popping champagne corks most of the night.
Will it mean a boost to R&D in NZ?
Sadly, I doubt it will. Rather than seeing bright people with clever ideas being funded to turn those ideas into commercial realities, the extra $80m being handed over to CI during the next four years will simply ensure that plenty of already well-to-do players will be able to enjoy a lovely gift from taxpayers -- without any obligation to deliver results or pay back that gift.
But it's not all bad news...
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
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