Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways White Paper

Through Te Ara Paerangi, we want to build a future-focused system that advances the wellbeing of current and future generations of New Zealanders by addressing challenges and opportunities such as climate change, natural disasters, and the need to lift productivity.

The White Paper outlines they key actions and directions the Government is taking through Te Ara Paerangi. It provides a roadmap for how we will implement the changes and demonstrates how we will continue to work with you as the programme progresses.

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About the White Paper 

The White Paper follows the Green Paper consultation between October 2021 and March 2022.

Green Paper and consultation 

We carefully considered all feedback and ideas, investigated international research, science, and innovation systems, held workshops with focus groups and met regularly with sector peak bodies, other agencies and the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.

Now, we are putting in place the policy directions outlined in the White Paper. As proposals for specific reform activities are developed over the next few months and years, we’ll be engaging with the sector and drawing from the wealth of ideas from the Green Paper submissions.

Information session

Following the release of the White Paper, we held online information sessions to:

  • provide an overview of Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways
  • give an update on what has been happening since the White Paper launch
  • answer questions from attendees.

The sessions included:

  • Chief Science Advisor Gary Evans
  • Director Māori Research Science and Innovation Dr Willy-John Martin
  • General Manager Science System Investment and Performance Dr Prue Williams
  • Manager Future Pathways Tara Thurlow-Rae.

If you didn’t have a chance to join, you can watch a recording of the information session: 

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Last updated: 17 May 2023