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NZ government urged to get a grip on taxonomy collections

The Royal Society of New Zealand has warned the government that the country's taxonomy collections are in dire straits.

A panel established by the Royal Society of New Zealand paints a poor picture of the state of the country’s collections. They are understaffed, following redundancies and reductions in employees’ hours. Moreover, there is no formal process for assessing how collections should be prioritised to meet researchers’ needs.

Criticising a lack of strategy and finance over the past 20 years, the panel’s report, published on 15 December, calls on the government to set up an oversight mechanism, including a single point of responsibility in government for taxonomy collections.

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