[29 June/Stuff]

The future of a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University has been secured with an $85 million Government grant. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said the contribution would boost primary sector education and the university’s post-earthquake recovery. The 27,000-square metre facility will be the largest land-based sciences research centre in the southern hemisphere, home to up to 900 scientists, and would improve innovation and the applicability and speed of technology transfer to industry. AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson said the new joint facility demonstrates a commitment to delivering to a new standard for the land-based industries crucial to New Zealand. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.