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Upper Hutt Leader : July 6th 2011
2 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 6, 2011 NEWS MANAGER: JENNY RUSSELL firstname.lastname@example.org The Upper Hutt Leader is published by Central Community Newspapers, a division of Fairfax New Zealand Ltd, and printed at 35 Bouverie St, Petone. 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Trentham was identified by the Defence Minister Wayne Mapp as one base which could be affected by the consolidation of the country s 11 military sites but at the time Mr Hipkins and Mr Guppy were cau- tiously optimistic the size and scope of Trentham s operations would not be badly affected. Instead, we have people faced with staying on as civilians and taking a pay cut and others taking a redundancy and going out there into a tough job market, Mr Hipkins says. It really is a kick in the guts. When the National Party was in opposition they argued Labour wasn t doing enough for the military and now they have come up with this. Robust support for tech plan HOW TO FIND OUT MORE If you want to be kept in touch with the Technology Valley initiative, visit technology valley.org.nz and add your contact details to the database. By SIMON EDWARDS Fight on for IRL funding A turnout of more than 80 Hutt Valley business, science and research sector personnel has underlined growing interest in the Technology Valley campaign. Last Tuesday night s forum, called by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and hosted by GNS Science, was a chance for the campaign s steering group to out- line what s proposed. The idea is to harness the existing strong base of research organisations and high-tech com- panies here to try to attract others, through better co-ordination, pro- motion and investment in infra- structure. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said the wider region is home to five crown research institutes, at least six other significant research organisations, countless other research and science-based busi- nesses and six tertiary institutions. The Hutt Valley has half of the region s science and technology jobs, and the Seaview/Gracefield area is a hub [of that activity]. We re going to be going out and telling New Zealand and the world about that, the mayor said. While speakers tried to focus on the positives -- the success of com- panies such as Mesynthes, Mag- tech, Techron, Pertronics, Times7 -- the black storm cloud that could zap the initiative before it takes hold couldn t be ignored. After a meeting with Science and Technology Minister Wayne Mapp Mr Wallace said the minister con- firmed he had not changed his mind that the $22 million originally promised to this region is going to Auckland. He made it quite clear that will be his recommendation. I made it quite clear we are going to fight that tooth and nail. We want to see that money coming back into the Hutt Valley [for] the growth that needs to happen here. This city has absolutely adopted the government s programme of research and development and sci- ence. To see that money going [else- where] now, when it was promised to this region, to us is unaccept- able. Mr Wallace said he knows the draft report of the High-Tech Manufacturing Taskforce, says that things should go to Auckland . The Hutt and Upper Hutt City Councils will be asking for a peer review of those findings. The mayor said he has talked to local scientists -- some of them internationally recognised in their field. Some told him they would not shift to Auckland, and might instead go overseas, so that inter- national capital will be lost to New Zealand . Paul Mather told the forum he switched from work at furniture exporter Formway to join WelTec seven years ago because of chief executive Linda Sissons vision for researchers, technology experts and workforce trainers to work more closely with the manufacturing and creative industries. WelTec s Centre for Smart Prod- uct had worked hard on collabora- tions with local firms, and its new offshoot WelTec Connect is busy with similar alliances under the Government s Technology Voucher scheme and other Ministry of Sci- ence and Innovation programmes. We ve taken the decision to move our operational side -- the machinery and labs of WelTec s Smart Product, on to the IRL cam- pus. We re in the process of doing it. We can see a synergy with what s happening between our workshops and theirs. There are huge possibilities. Mr Mather said WelTec s new strategic partnership with Whitireia would add punch to the Technology Valley project. WelTec is already hosting German engineering students who chose to come here to do practical components of their engineering degrees because of the local environment. More would come if industry made projects they can work on available, he said. If you need manpower, we have lots of students who need industry work. GNS science chief executive Alex Malahoff said eight years ago when his institute had outgrown its Gracefield site, there was a big push from the Government and Auckland University for it to move. He resisted, and told the forum he was glad he did. In the past 10 years, GNS has doubled its revenue, including $7m in export earnings. Bryan Jackson recalled how tens of thousands of Hutt folk mobilised in the 1990s when it was proposed most of the functions of Hutt Hos- pital move to Wellington. There was a fairly vociferous backlash. Maybe we need to be a bit militant again [over plans for IRL]. Auckland has had enough money and I don t think it needs more.
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