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Scientists slam shock cuts in New Zealand budget

 Image: New Zealand Government, Office of the Governor-General [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Cuts to major research funds are part of “ongoing collapse”, says NZ Association of Scientists

Projected cuts to New Zealand’s largest research funding schemes in the budget on 30 May have shocked the sector, although they will not take effect until 2027.

As well as savings already announced, including from the cancellation of the Wellington Science City project, the budget revealed that the Endeavour Fund will be cut by NZ$9.75 million, the Marsden Fund by NZ$3m, the Health Research Fund by NZ$4.9m and the Strategic Science Investment Fund by NZ$17.75m.

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