Curious minds

A Nation of Curious Minds – He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara is a national strategic plan for science in society. It is part of a wide range of activities that the Government has initiated to lift science and innovation.

The Government invests in science and innovation as it is central to New Zealand’s economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing.

The objective of A Nation of Curious Minds is to encourage and enable better engagement with science and technology across all sectors of New Zealand society. It aims to achieve three main outcomes over the next 10 years. They are:

  • more science and technology-competent learners, and more choosing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related career pathways
  • a more scientifically and technologically engaged public and a more publicly engaged science sector
  • a more skilled workforce and more responsive science and technology.

The plan focuses on three action areas over the next three years:

  • enhancing the role of education
  • public engaging with science and technology
  • science sector engaging with the public.

An integrating action – the Participatory Science Platform – simultaneously addresses important objectives in all three action areas.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, are coordinating the implementation of the plan.

Visit the Curious Minds website.

Read more about Curious Minds and the National Strategic Plan for Science in Society.


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