Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways

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Submissions due: 02 March 2022, 5pm

We are beginning a consultation on the Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways Green Paper.

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The Green Paper seeks to start an open and wide-ranging conversation on a range of issues facing the research, science and innovation system. We are taking an inclusive, deliberative and open approach to gather a broad base of views, drawing on the collective wisdom, experience and inspiration of our researchers and research users.

This consultation period is the start of a multi-year discussion.

Any changes that are suggested through the consultation process will need further consideration, consultation and development over 2022 and make take some time to implement

We anticipate many further opportunities over 2022 for people to engage in the Future Pathways programme as the ideas are further developed and refined. 

Summary

Our research, science and innovation sector has served Aotearoa New Zealand exceptionally well. From supporting our economy and society, to enhancing understanding of our natural world, helping us solve environmental challenges, and underpinning our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now need to consider how we best position our system for the future.

We want to create a modern, future-focussed research system for New Zealand. It needs to be adaptable for a rapidly changing future, resilient to changes, and connected; to itself, to industry, to public sector users of research, and internationally.

Such a system should reflect New Zealand’s unique opportunities and challenges. It will would embed Te Tiriti across the design and delivery attributes of the system, and enable opportunities for mātauranga Māori. It will also recognise that research is a global undertaking and seek to stand alongside the best systems in the world.

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Learn more about Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways

The research, science and innovation system is complex, and the Green Paper sets out a wide range of themes on which we want your  feedback. So, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand what is going on.

Please register to join our mailing list if you are interested in receiving regular updates about progress of the consultation and opportunities for participation.

Subscribe to the Future Pathways mailing list(external link)

Recent webinars

We ran several webinars in November 2021 during which we presented the key themes of the Green Paper, and gave people the opportunity to ask questions about the consultation.

Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways information session

Get involved in the consultation – upcoming engagements and submissions

Upcoming consultation sessions

We are planning to run many meetings and workshops during the consultation. In the first stage, primarily in late November through mid-December, we will hold 12 public sessions to start the conversation. You can register to participate in these sessions via links in the schedule table below.

These sessions are about listening to your initial thoughts on the Green Paper, testing if we’re looking at the right issues, and hearing your experiences of how the identified issues affect you and your work.

Ideally, we would have in-person meetings with participants, but COVID restrictions prevent us from doing this. We have designed an online format we think will ease and facilitate participation from a wide range of stakeholders. These sessions are organised in 2 ways:

  • Sessions targeted at specific cohorts to give them an opportunity to discuss the Green Paper content amongst peers
  • Sessions devoted to a specific Green Paper focus area or theme – these are open to everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science and Innovation system.

You can attend more than 1 session, and we do not have a limit on participant numbers for any session.

Because we expect the numbers of participants for each session to be large, participants will primarily provide inputs through written commentary. Each session will be hosted by an event MC with a group of panellists who will facilitate the conversation, field questions from participants and discuss the participant comments that are coming through. We will also invite participants to elaborate on comments or questions individually throughout the session.

We will provide additional information to participants in advance.

To register, click on the session date and time below. There is also a summary description and some guidance on intended participants. Prior to each session, we will send more information to registrants.

Sessions for specific cohorts

Early Career Researchers (ECR)

30 November – 1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

7 December - 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper content amongst early career researcher peers.

Intended participants: This session is for early career researchers only; if you are not an early career researcher, We encourage you to register to attend the number of other sessions available. Please check Te Apārangi Royal Society’s definition of early career researchers if you are unsure.

About the ECR Forum(external link) — Te Apārangi Royal Society website

Partners and Stakeholders

7 December –1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

26 January 2022 – 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of Green Paper content amongst peers who interact with the Research, Science, and Innovation system, including with institutions and individuals.  

Intended participants: This session is intended for people who work in businesses, local government, NGOs, or other organisations that interact with the Research, Science and Innovation system. This includes stakeholders who do not receive substantial portions of their funding from central government for research, science and innovation activities.  

Sessions focused on Green Paper themes

Te Tiriti, mātauranga Māori, and supporting Māori aspirations

1 December – 1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

6 December – 1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of Te Tiriti, mātauranga Māori, and supporting Māori aspirations in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system.
MBIE is also arranging consultation engagements specifically for Māori and kaupapa Māori practitioners through separate channels.

Workforce

3 December – 1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

13 December – 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of workforce issues in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who:

  • work in RSI institutions’ human resources teams, relevant unions, or professional associations
  • work in, or lead, inter-disciplinary and/or multi-institutional project teams. 

Infrastructure

6 December – 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

13 December – 1:30-3PM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of infrastructure issues, including laboratories, equipment, collections, and databases, in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. We are particularly interested in hearing from people:

  • who build, operate, maintain, and/or control (ownership or governance roles) research infrastructure including laboratories, equipment, collections, and databases.
  • whose research relies heavily on access to and use of research infrastructure.

Institutions

10 December – 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of institutions issues in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. 

Funding

30 November - 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of funding issues in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. 

Priorities

1 December – 9:30-11AM(external link) — Register on Zoom

Description: Discussion of priorities issues in relation to other Green Paper focus themes.

Intended participants: Everyone who works in, or interacts with, the Research, Science, and Innovation system. 

The next stage of consultation engagements are planned for late January and February 2022 and will be more in-depth and focused on options- and solutions-generation. We will provide updates about future consultation events on this website and through the Future Pathways mailing list.

Next steps

This is the beginning of a process that will attempt to make sure that our research, science and innovation sector continues to serve New Zealand well.

Any changes that are suggested through the consultation process will need further consideration, consultation and development over 2022 and make take some time to implement

We anticipate many further opportunities over 2022 for people to engage in the Future Pathways programme as the ideas are further developed and refined.

How to make a submission

The deadline for providing us with your feedback is 2 March 2022.

We want to hear from anyone in the broader research, science and innovation system. Whether you’re a researcher, scientist, leader, manager or user of the system, we want your feedback.

You can provide your feedback in a number of ways:

You may include any evidence to support your views, for example references to research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.

Further information on how we intend to use and release your feedback, and to protect private information are on page of the green paper.

If you have any questions about the submissions process please direct these to FuturePathways@mbie.govt.nz 

Read more about the Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways project on the MBIE website.

Last updated: 18 November 2021