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A selection of the major media stories which have been run on the Invermay issue.

Lincoln hub plan doubted

31/01/2017
Otago Daily Times

A report by the Treasury has raised fresh doubts about a plan to slash more than 50 jobs from a Dunedin research facility and move them north to Lincoln..

AgResearch move delayed a year

21/11/2015
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch has again been slammed for bungling its restructuring plans after confirming it is delaying shifting Invermay jobs north.

Invermay opposes church neighbour

6/11/2015
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch is locking horns with the Exclusive Brethren over plans for a new church on the Taieri Plain.

Invermay petition response 'weak'

5/11/2015
Otago Daily Times

The "weak" response of a Parliament select committee to a 12,450-person petition about retaining a world-class Invermay is disappointing, Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says.

Invermay technician jobs may go

25/09/2015
Otago Daily Times

Six technicians at Invermay near Mosgiel are among 83 AgResearch staff who may lose their jobs under a restructuring announced yesterday.

Govt still backs Invermay relocation

24/09/2015
Otago Daily Times

The Government says it still supports AgResearch's plan to shift science staff from Invermay to Lincoln, despite the wide uncertainty now besetting the crown research institute.

Rethink urged on Invermay plan

22/09/2015
Otago Daily Times

Job losses at AgResearch reflect the organisation's financial problems and it should ditch its plan to relocate jobs from Invermay, the research centre's former director Jock Allison says.

MPs say Invermay report shows up flaws

19/03/2015
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch needs to do further work on its business case for restructuring which includes slashing jobs at Invermay, Auditor-general Lyn Provost says.

Clark 'alarmist' over AgResearch

28/02/2015
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin North MP and Labour economic development spokesman David Clark said turnover at the Crown Research Institute was evidence restructuring - which included slashing job numbers at its Invermay campus outside of Dunedin - at the organisation was failing.

AgResearch staff more disengaged

21/11/2014
Otago Daily Times

A leaked staff survey shows confidence in AgResearch's leadership has plummeted in the wake of its plan to slash jobs at Invermay.

'Rock star' scientist latest to quit Invermay

11/09/2014
Otago Daily Times

The fallout from AgResearch's restructuring plan continues and two senior scientists, one described as a ''rock star'', are the latest to quit its Invermay campus.

AgResearch's move out of the south

31/07/2014
Newstalk ZB

After a year back in his hometown, Newstalk ZB's Otago and Southland reporter Adam Walker looks at some of the issues which have got teeth chattering over the last year and what the future holds for these issues in the south.

War of words breaks out over Invermay jobs

28/07/2014
Otago Daily Times

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Dunedin North MP David Clark are accusing each other of playing fast and loose with numbers over job losses at AgResearch.

AgResearch planning further redundancies

19/07/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch is planning another round of redundancies amid accusations it is monitoring the communications of ''less than compliant'' staff members.

AgResearch paid PR firms $170,000

18/07/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch has come under fire after revealing it has paid almost $170,000 to public relations companies as part of its restructuring.

Invermay 'awful', visitor says

27/06/2014
Otago Daily Times

The mood at Invermay is 'awful' following AgResearch's decision to go ahead with restructuring, a researcher who recently visited Dunedin says.

No review of Invermay plan

19/06/2014
Otago Daily Times

The fight to keep genomics staff at Invermay has been dealt another blow, with the Auditor-general declining a request to review AgResearch's restructuring plan.

Invermay decision brings questions

06/06/2014
Otago Daily Times

Staff at AgResearch's Invermay campus learned their fate last week when it was announced more than 100 of them were expected to move north as part of the organisation's $100 million restructuring.

Scientists appeal plan to Auditor-general

05/06/2014
Otago Daily Times

A group of former AgResearch scientists seeking to have the crown research institute's decision on Invermay staff overturned has taken its fight to the Auditor-general.

Plans a 'sideline' after damage

31/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Any new work between the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Invermay agricultural research centre is a 'sideline' to the ''damage'' done by the restructuring plan confirmed this week, ORC chairman Stephen Woodhouse says.

Nightly interview: David Clark

30/05/2014
Dunedin Television

Invermay campaigner and Dunedin North MP David Clark joins us to discuss the announcement.

AgResearch claims it listened to critics.

30/05/2014
Radio New Zealand

AgResearch said changes it's made to its original restructuring plan show that it has been listening to its critics. The institution is to move 250 staff to new headquarters.

Anger still over changes at Invermay

30/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Changes to AgResearch's plan to cut Invermay's campus have been welcomed, but critics are angry most of its more than 100 staff are still set to shift north.

Invermay out on a limb

30/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch, in foolishly ploughing ahead with its reorganisation, has failed abysmally to take heed of what is best for agriculture, the economic foundation of this nation.

Best outcome for deer industry

30/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Retaining Invermay's deer farm and research capability is the best possible outcome, industry leaders say.

AgReseach move dumbfounds MP

30/05/2014
Newstalk ZB

An MP who fought to keep AgReseach's Dunedin hub as the home of the institute's sheep geonomics research has been left dumbfounded over the changes.

AgResearch confirms campus revamp

30/05/2014
Radio New Zealand

AgResearch is making only small changes to its controversial Future Footprint programme, after months of consultation with farmers and community leaders.

AgResearch opponents still unhappy

30/05/2014
Radio New Zealand

The small changes AgResearch is making to its campus restructuring plans have not done anything to mollify southern opponents of the much-debated Future Footprint programme.

Renowned scientist's role axed

29/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Agresearch's decision to make Invermay-based senior scientist Dr Julie Everett-Hincks redundant has been slammed as ''short-sighted'' and ''just ridiculous'' by a Southland sheep breeder.

Invermay staff to learn fate in 'near future'

28/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Staff at Invermay are set to learn their fate in the 'near future', but AgResearch appeared confused yesterday about when exactly a 'final announcement' will take place.

AgResearch conflicts of interest claim

27/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Disillusioned AgResearch staff are saying the organisation is ''haemorrhaging'' scientists because of its restructuring plan, an agribusiness academic says.

Hamilton council chief denies conflict

23/05/2014
The National Business Review

Hamilton City Council chief executive Barry Harris has denied a conflict of interest associated with his involvement with AgResearch’s $100 million Future Footprints plan.

AgResearch refuses to put plan on hold

16/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson has shot down a request, backed by three-quarters of union members, to put its restructuring plan on hold.

Invermay visit warning

14/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

An AgResearch letter has warned former Invermay director Jock Allison not to visit its Invermay campus without permission.

Invermay backed by breeders

13/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

Perendale sheep breeders have entered the debate over restructuring at Invermay, suggesting the move of "world-class research" to Lincoln be put on hold for two years after the planned shift.

Grow Invermay, don’t close it

09/05/2014
Southland Times

Dunedin North MP David Clark argues that a Government plan to shift agricultural research away from the south makes no sense for Southland or for New Zealand as a whole.

Jock Allison banned from Invermay site

06/05/2014
39 Dunedin Television

Former Invermay director Jock Allison has dubbed "pathetic" an AgResearch letter he says bans him from the site without management authorisation.

Ministry has "blinkered view"

06/05/2014
Otago Daily Times

A government ministry has been accused of giving one-sided advice in favour of slashing jobs at AgResearch's Invermay campus.

AgResearch confirms campus revamp

05/05/2014
Radio New Zealand

Southern sheep farmers are waiting to see if the Government will respond to a no-confidence vote in AgResearch for its plans to shift most of the research from its Invermay site near Dunedin.

Push for AgResearch no-confidence vote

31/04/2014
Radio New Zealand Rural News

Otago and Southland sheep breeders are trying to muster support for a vote of no confidence in AgResearch's management.

Vote of no confidence

30/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

A group of sheep breeders has passed a vote of no confidence in AgResearch over its handling of plans to slash Invermay jobs.

Breeders not yet giving up Invermay battle

29/04/2014
MeatExportNZ

Allan Barber notes that South Island ram breeders, predominantly Texel breeders who convened the meeting with AgResearch at Gore, are still determined to achieve a rethink of the Future Footprints Programme (FFP).

Faster scanner at Invermay

29/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

A new CT scanner at Invermay will provide South Island sheep and deer farmers with faster and more accurate carcass measurements.

Lincoln Hub plans gain momentum

24/04/2014
Farmers Weekly plus

The Lincoln Hub should attract more interest from the private sector with the appointment of a project manager for the facilities and a full-time chairman, AgResearch chairman Sam Robinson says.

MP taken to task over AgResearch criticism

24/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin North Labour MP Dr David Clark has been accused of getting his facts wrong in criticising AgResearch's appointment of a project management firm.

AgResearch changing course

23/04/2014
CountryWide

It’s no surprise that AgResearch’s Future Footprint Plan has gone down like a lead balloon with the southern farming fraternity.

AgResearch 'in panic mode'

22/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

The appointment of an external company to manage AgResearch's restructuring plan shows it is in "panic mode", Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says.

Put plans on hold, PSA tells institute

16/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

Public Service Association union members are urging AgResearch to put its Future Footprint plans on hold and rework the proposal with 'good levels' of genuine community, stakeholder, staff and union engagement.

Cunliffe attacks Dunedin 'vendetta'

15/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

The Government had a vendetta against Dunedin, Labour Party leader David Cunliffe said in an interview in the city yesterday.

Invermay verdict 'in couple of months'

08/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

Former Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson said finally getting a timeline on AgResearch's plan was good news for the prospects of saving Invermay jobs.

AgResearch restructure - Pete Hodgson

07/04/2014
Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon

Interview with top AgResearch scientist Suzanne Rasmussen. She says plan will fail because scientists won't move.

Agricultural scientists backed

04/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

Agresearch's plan to downsize Invermay is sending the wrong message to the next generation of potential scientists, University of Waikato professor of agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth says.

'Morale low, staff scared' at AgResearch

04/04/2014
Otago Daily Times

A former AgResearch principal scientist, who resigned over its restructuring plan, says morale is bad and there is a general sense among staff at the organisation of "being very scared".

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AgResearch gets the message in Gore

28/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Organisers of a sheep breeders' meeting on possible downsizing of Invermay research facility say AgResearch management must seriously consider the message from the meeting.

Job losses at Lincoln University

25/03/2014
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

One in 10 staff may lose their jobs at Lincoln University as it revamps the qualifications on offer.

Swords cross at Invermay meeting

21/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Sheep and deer breeders across the Otago region will be hit hard by the closing of the AgResearch Invermay facility, opponents of the plan say.

Joyce dismisses Clark's AgResearch claims

20/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce said yesterday he had no concerns about the progress of AgResearch farm sales and lashed out at comments by Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark.

Consult call to AgResearch

18/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Farmers at Beef and Lamb New Zealand's annual meeting made an almost unanimous call for AgResearch to carry out more consultation over its plan to slash Invermay jobs.

Farmers angry with AgResearch

18/03/2014
Homepaddock

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson said last week’s meeting with farmers in Gore was constructive over plans to move scientists from Invermay to Lincoln was constructive.

Farmers urged to voice opposition to hub move

04/03/2014
Stuff

Southern farmers opposed to AgResearch relocating its Invermay hub in Otago to Lincoln in Canterbury are being urged to attend a consultation meeting in Gore this month.

Inquiry rejection a 'slap in the face'

15/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

The rejection of a call for an independent inquiry into AgResearch's restructuring plan has been called a "slap in the face" to the people of Otago and Southland.

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Buying Invermay 'nice idea in theory'

15/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

A suggestion that a company, involving various stakeholders, be formed to buy Invermay has been described as a "nice idea in theory" but one that would probably not work in practice.

AgResearch building spend slammed

14/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch's admission it largely squandered $15.5 million on buildings in 2007 and 2008 inspires little confidence its latest plan will be a success, two former staff say.

Southern farmers confront AgResearch

14/03/2014
Radio New Zealand

AgResearch is not holding out much hope of significant changes to its plan to relocate most of the scientists from its Invermay research centre near Dunedin.

Invermay 'myth' denied, doubt remains

13/03/2014
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

AgResearch will keep the Invermay research centre open but still plans to shift its animal production unit to Lincoln.

'There will be huge fallout'

13/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch's plan to slash the number of scientists at Invermay came under sustained attack at a sheep breeders' meeting in Gore yesterday.

Message for minister: 'We are angry'

13/03/2014
Radio New Zealand

Otago and Southland sheep breeders have unanimously rejected an AgResearch plan to shift most of its science staff from Invermay near Dunedin.

Invermay 'vital for science': farmers

13/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

For the past 40 years, Millers Flat farmer Peter Macdougall has used science from Invermay to develop his hill-country property.

Constructive AgResearch farmer meeting

12/03/2014
AgResearch News

AgResearch Chief Executive Dr Tom Richardson is describing today’s meeting with farmers in Gore as constructive and a good opportunity to share our plans and talk with farmers from Southland and Otago.

Sheep breeders back Invermay

12/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

A survey showing 92.1% of sheep breeders are against shifting Invermay jobs north is yet more damning evidence against AgResearch's proposal, the survey's author, Dr Jock Allison, says.

Steven Joyce 'must hold full independent inquiry'

12/03/2014
Voxy.co.nz

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce must order a full independent inquiry into AgResearch’s restructuring plans, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says.

AgResearch faces grilling from irate farmers

11/03/2014
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

AgResearch directors and staff can expect some stern questioning from southern sheep and deer farmers in Gore this week when they are asked to explain their reasons for scaling down research at Invermay.

Assurances wearing thin

11/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

It is becoming increasingly difficult not to be sceptical about AgResearch's assurances that it has been open, honest and transparent at all times regarding its restructuring plans.

AgResearch faces grilling from irate farmers

11/03/2014
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

AgResearch directors and staff can expect some stern questioning from southern sheep and deer farmers in Gore this week when they are asked to explain their reasons for scaling down research at Invermay.

Farmers 'kept in dark' over Invermay

10/03/2014
Radio New Zealand Rural News

The Labour Party says AgResearch has been hiding from farmers the huge risks in dismantling much of its Invermay campus near Dunedin.

AgResearch hid risks of proposal: Cull

08/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch has been accused of hiding the "enormous risks" of slashing Invermay jobs after the belated release of its full business case.

Plan must be tested, Woodhouse says

08/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Immigration Minister and Dunedin-based list MP Michael Woodhouse is not convinced AgResearch has yet made its case for shifting scientists from Invermay to Lincoln.

AgResearch CEO welcomes meeting

08/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

A meeting in Gore next week will be a good opportunity to "bust some of the myths" doing the rounds about AgResearch's restructuring plans, chief executive Dr Tom Richardson says.

Ex-AgResearch director disappointed over plans

05/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

A former AgResearch director, who was on the board when the decision was made to establish four "centres of excellence", including Invermay, is disappointed with the plans to cut jobs at the research centre.

Invermay's key role emphasised

03/03/2014
Otago Daily Times

Deer farmers attending a recent field day at Invermay were urged to recognise they were "at the Mecca" for deer biological research.

Farmers want review of AgResearch plan

March 2014

Southern farmers critical of AgResearch’s Future Footprint (FFP) plan are demanding an independent external review, including an analysis of the status quo model retaining Invermay.

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'Mission critical' remarks criticised

21/02/2014
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch's chairman has been attacked for saying only a small number of scientists at Invermay are "mission critical" to the organisation.

Meeting on Invermay

09/02/2014
Otago Daily Times

Southern farmers will next month have a chance to air their concerns about AgResearch's decision to cut jobs from its Invermay campus.

Petition for Invermay

06/02/2014
Otago Daily Times

A petition to overturn a decision to slash jobs at Invermay was launched by Dunedin North MP David Clark in Dunedin yesterday.

Petition to reverse Invermay job cuts

06/02/2014
Otago Daily Times

A petition to overturn a decision to slash jobs at Invermay was launched by Dunedin North MP David Clark in Dunedin yesterday.

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New partnership's genetic research

30/01/2014
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin-based consultancy company AbacusBio and the University of Otago are among research partners in a new collaboration which brings together New Zealand's sheep and beef genetics research.

No warning to university on Invermay

12/01/2014
Otago Daily Times

The University of Otago was not given warning about the decision to slash Invermay jobs and AgResearch declined a request to discuss restructuring plans before announcing them in July.

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AgResearch, PSA at odds over survey

23/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

A dispute has erupted between AgResearch and the Public Service Association over the union's decision to release a survey showing only 1% of respondents were happy to shift as part of restructuring.

Joyce admitted method not robust, Clark says

20/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has admitted there was no "robust and accepted methodology" behind shifting Invermay jobs, Labour's MP for Dunedin North David Clark says.

AgResearch staff favour leaving over moving

18/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

More than 40% of AgResearch staff who responded to a survey say they will retire or find work elsewhere rather than move as part of the organisation's restructuring plan.

AgResearch change lifts deer industry fears

11/12/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

The organisation representing New Zealand's deer farmers has become increasingly concerned at the direction of AgResearch's restructuring plan.

Govt misled – Hodgson

11/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

Government documents show AgResearch "misled" ministers about a report which recommended growing Invermay, former Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson says.

Uni details extent of collaboration

11/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

The University of Otago participated in more than 100 research contracts with AgResearch worth an average of $75,000 between 2002 and 2012.

Deer body concerned over plan

07/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

The New Zealand Deer Farmers Association has expressed "major concerns" over AgResearch's Future Footprint plan and says continuing investment at Invermay is vital for the deer industry.

Invermay support

04/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

The chairman of a Southland sheep breeding association is calling for a "thorough audit" of AgResearch over its decision to gut Invermay.

Process lacking clarity, Dunedin MP says

03/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch has been accused of lacking transparency over its failure to release documentation supporting its plan to slash jobs at Invermay.

AgResearch head's comments criticised

02/12/2013
Otago Daily Times

The relationship between the University of Otago and Invermay has been "unfairly" portrayed by AgResearch and others, the director of Genetics Otago says.

Invermay resignations 'appalling'

30/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson has been accused of "fiddling while Invermay burns" after revelations seven staff have resigned over its restructuring plan.

Cull defends claim for genetics hub

26/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has hit back at AgResearch's claim that opponents of job cuts at Invermay have made too much of Dunedin's so-called "genetics hub".

AgResearch stoush continues

23/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

The political stoush over Invermay's future between Dunedin North MP David Clark and Dunedin-based list MP and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse continued this week.

BERL report 'subjective'

20/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

The head of AgResearch says an economic report criticising its case for slashing jobs at Invermay was "narrow" and "subjective".

Invermay proposal risks much

20/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch is playing Russian roulette with the New Zealand agriculture sector, writes Dunedin North MP David Clark.

War of words over AgResearch proposal

18/11/2013
Newstalk ZB

Dunedin Local Authorities and the Science and Innovation Minister are engaged in a war of words over an AgResearch business proposal.

Berl chief hits back at Joyce

18/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

The chief of the company which found holes in AgResearch's case for cutting jobs at Invermay has fired back at comments by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce questioning its independence and the quality of its work.

Business case 'blown apart'

16/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

Independent analysis of AgResearch's $100 million restructuring plan has ''blown apart'' the case for slashing jobs at Invermay, local politicians say.

BERL report claims Invermay decision is wrong

16/11/2013
Radio New Zealand News

A report analysing how AgResearch formed a plan to shift 80 jobs from its Invermay facility in Dunedin to Lincoln is highly critical of the Crown Research Institute.

No response on staff loss

15/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch is yet to provide estimates of how many staff will be lost as a result of restructuring, despite a request from Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

Govt queries on Invermay

13/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

The Government is beginning to question its support for AgResearch's plan to slash jobs at Invermay, former Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson says.

Invermay 'key staff' warning

05/11/2013
Otago Daily Times

Agresearch could reverse its plan to shift about 80 jobs from Invermay if enough staff refuse to move, Beef and Lamb New Zealand chairman Mike Petersen says.

AgResearch shifts not set in stone

11/10/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

Proposals to centralise research in agricultural science at Lincoln in the South Island and Massey in the North Island are not a fait accompli, AgResearch acting chief executive Andrew McSweeney says.

AgResearch road show

11/10/2013
Southland Times

The AgResearch restructuring road show has started, with its executive team fronting up on stakeholder concerns for the first time on proposed changes for its kiwi science teams.

AgResearch board may be wavering

11/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

Those fighting to save jobs at Invermay believe their efforts are causing some on the AgResearch board to doubt the wisdom of the restructuring plan.

Date with AgResearch

11/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

The southern delegation fighting plans to downsize Invermay will make its case to a group representing AgResearch's board and management today.

Invermay dismay!

24/10/2013
Rural News

Crown Research Institute AgResearch says it hears southerners’ concerns about its plans to gut Invermay, but has so far avoided making any commitment to reconsider.

Farmers left 'out of loop' without strong Invermay

11/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

Agresearch's plan to cut about 80 jobs from Invermay Agricultural Centre will return Otago and Southland's farmers back to the "doldrums", a former Federated Farmers Otago president says.

Otago growth questions remain

09/10/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

A rosy Otago showing in the Government's regional development expenditure report has still left questions for Dunedin business leaders.

'Lost opportunity' with Invermay and University

09/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce believes opportunities were lost to strengthen research links between AgResearch's Invermay centre and the University of Otago.

Invermay a world leader, Israeli says

09/10/2013 03:59
Otago Daily Times

A visiting Israeli scientist says Invermay's facilities are the envy of researchers around the world and he was shocked to hear of plans to slash jobs there.

Developing regions Labour aim

09/10/2013 03:59
Otago Daily Times

Regional centres such as Dunedin are suffering, and Labour is taking their plight seriously and will revitalise them, Labour leader and regional development spokesman David Cunliffe says.

Varsity link unrealised

09/10/2013 03:59
Otago Daily Times

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce believes opportunities were lost to strengthen research links between AgResearch's Invermay centre and the University of Otago.

Reassurance sought over research programmes

07/10/2013
Radio New Zealand Rural News

AgResearch's campus restructuring plans are getting support from some agri-businesses, while others in the agricultural sector push for reassurances they won't compromise their research programmes.

AgResearch gets industry support for campus restructuring

07/10/2013
Radio New Zealand Rural News

AgResearch's campus restructuring plans are getting support from some agri-businesses, while others in the agricultural sector push for reassurances that they won't compromise their research programmes.

Dunedin stakeholders to meet with AgResearch

06/10/2013
Radio New Zealand News

The mayor of Dunedin says community and business leaders are to meet with AgResearch to discuss the Crown Research Institute's plans to relocate jobs from its Invermay facility.

Labour turns its focus to Heartland NZ

06/10/2013
Fairfax Media - Sunday Star Time (Epaper)

WHILE AUCKLANDERS worry about who mows their berms, Dunedin and Hamilton are reeling from real economic body blows.

Invermay's hub science linchpin

05/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

Opponents of AgResearch's plans for a new research hub at Lincoln say it will come at the cost of a vibrant existing agricultural hub centred around Invermay.

AgResearch 'wanted to expand Invermay'

04/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

A new leak reveals AgResearch made a submission to Dunedin City Council enthusiastic about expanding Invermay, only months before presenting plans to the Government to slash jobs at the facility.

Business case was 'shoddy'

03/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

The Government has been slammed after a leaked document revealed it approved a "shoddy" AgResearch business case for restructuring, which included slashing jobs at Invermay.

Retaining focus on what Otago does best

03/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

The damage from the downgrading of Invermay goes well beyond the loss of expertise in the genetics and deer groups, writes Barrie Wills of Alexandra.

Uni in talks with AgResearch

02/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

The University of Otago remains in discussions with AgResearch over its plan to slash jobs at Invermay and hopes to "influence" its restructuring plans.

AgResearch plan seen as risky

01/10/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

AgResearch risks jeopardising its farmer engagement as it forges ahead with its restructuring plan, Waikato University Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth says.

'Cannibalised' for Christchurch: Cull

01/10/2013
Otago Daily Times

Shifting Invermay jobs north might be part of a wider Government push, which is seeing the rest of the South Island being "cannibalised" to support Christchurch, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says.

Push for more jobs revealed

30/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Leaked documents show the AgResearch management team evaluating restructuring plans pushed for more jobs at Invermay, not downsizing the facility.

AgResearch's Invermay blunder

28/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch, in its determination to concentrate research and administration in hubs in Palmerston North and Lincoln, is making a mistake.

Relief over Invermay assurances Support, uni link to be retained

28/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Federated Farmers Otago president Stephen Korteweg says he is heartened by an assurance that dry stock farm system capability to support deer, sheep and beef farming will be retained at Invermay, and that AgResearch's linkage with the University of Otago's genetics team will be maintained.

Restructure will force scientists out - union

27/09/2013
Radio New Zealand Rural News

The union representing workers at AgResearch says its restructuring will cost the country agricultural scientists it cannot afford to lose.

Leaders slam AgResearch consultation

27/09/2013
Radio New Zealand News

Southern leaders are furious that crown research centre AgResearch has apparently ignored proposals to keep genetic research at its Dunedin facility, labelling the plans risky and wasteful.

Battle for Invermay to continue

27/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

The fight to convince AgResearch's board to rethink its restructuring proposals will continue, despite confirmation of its plans to downsize Invermay.

Invermay cuts still proposed

27/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Staff at Invermay are angry at their treatment by AgResearch management after being told the organisation is sticking with plans to slash jobs at the Dunedin facility.

Regional Councils Disappointed at AgResearch decision

26/09/2013
Auckland News.Net

The Otago Regional Council and Environment Southland remain concerned that AgResearch has confirmed its intention to move significant numbers of staff to its Lincoln Campus leaving a skeleton staff at Invermay.

AgResearch confirms its reconfiguration

26/09/2013
Scoop

AgResearch confirms its reconfiguration While it will not be without some pain, the need for modern progressive agricultural research centres of excellence has Federated Farmers supporting the reconfiguration of AgResearch.

Disappointment at AgResearch decision

26/09/2013
Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council and Environment Southland remain concerned that AgResearch has confirmed its intention to move significant numbers of staff to its Lincoln Campus leaving a skeleton staff at Invermay.

No response from AgResearch over Invermay

21/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

The lack of transparency from AgResearch about the changes it plans to make to Invermay has been criticised after the crown research institute failed to respond in time to an official information request.

Hearing was fair, Cull says

18/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

A delegation of southern leaders who travelled to Wellington to fight for the preservation of jobs at Invermay feel they received a fair hearing.

Agresearch Invermay concerns raised

17/09/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

Political leaders from the lower South Island are meeting Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce to discuss alternatives to the proposed downsizing of AgResearch Invermay in Wellington tonight.

Cull accuses AgResearch of Invermay cover-up

17/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has accused AgResearch of a "disingenuous cover-up", saying a letter it sent in April gave the impression it planned to invest in Invermay, rather than cut jobs.

Cull says hope still for Invermay jobs

16/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

A phone call from AgResearch's chairman has given Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull hope political pressure is being applied to keep jobs at Invermay.

Key: Invermay not fait accompli

13/09/2013
Southland Times

Prime Minister John Key has denied the Government contributed to large-scale public sector and manufacturing job losses in the south.

Heartened by Key's response

13/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Prime Minister John Key managed to clear an "air of tension" in the room yesterday when he addressed the Otago Chamber of Commerce, president Peter McIntyre said.

Grilling likely for Key

12/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Prime Minister John Key can expect to face tough questions about the southern economy and the planned job cuts at Invermay when he visits Dunedin today.

Fear Invermay decision already made

11/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

The damaging nature of information and reports relating to the proposed restructuring of AgResearch, and in particular Invermay, may be why the government agency has delayed answering an Official Information Act request by the Otago Daily Times.

Sheep farmers' support essential for Invermay

10/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Southern sheep farmers are being urged to get vocal in efforts to have AgResearch drop its proposal to gut Invermay of more than 70% of its staff, and move elsewhere.

'Terrific' response from deer farmers over Invermay

09/09/2013
Otago Daily Times

Former Invermay director Jock Allison says there has been a "terrific" response from deer farmers after a call for them to support the retention of Invermay's deer research programme.

Invermay questions fair, English says

31/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Otago community leaders have "fair questions" on AgResearch's proposal to shift 85 jobs from Invermay, deputy prime minister Bill English says.

South enlists former MPs

28/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Southern councils have reached across the political divide by recruiting former Dunedin MPs Pete Hodgson and Katherine Rich to the fight to save 85 jobs at Invermay.

English to meet over job losses

27/08/2013
Southland Times

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will be given the word on regional economies during an electorate visit to the south on Friday.

Invermay vital to farmers

23/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch's decision to downsize Invermay and Ruakura is as simple as profit before opportunities to support farmers, writes Malcolm Deverson for the Clutha Agricultural Development Board.

Invermay: Ire at comments by AgResearch boss

22/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

The head of AgResearch has been criticised over comments he made stressing the importance of "regional innovation" in the Waikato, with politicians saying the remarks contradict his plan to "gut" Invermay.

South ready to battle for Invermay

15/08/2013
Southland Times

Southland support emerged as pivotal in a decision-making summit in Dunedin yesterday to stem regional decline.

South united in call to act

15/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Southern voices have joined together in an unprecedented display of unity to call for more investment, not less, in Dunedin's Invermay agricultural research centre.

Bid to hang on to jobs in the South

15/08/2013
Fairfax Media - The Press (Epaper)

Southern leaders are heading to Wellington with ideas to stem regional decline, after a summit in Dunedin yesterday.

South ready to battle for Invermay

15/08/2013
Southland Times

Southland support emerged as pivotal in a decision-making summit in Dunedin yesterday to stem regional decline.

'Neglect of regions'

14/08/2013
Southland Times

The "cannibalised" south is preparing to tell the Government what they think of job losses and what many leaders south of the Waitaki see as neglect of the regions.

Southern regions 'getting fair deal'

14/08/2013
Radio New Zealand News

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the University of Otago is proof the southern regions are getting their fair share of government investment.

Decision on Invermay 'complete lunacy'

14/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Former Invermay director Dr Jock Allison has described AgResearch's proposed restructuring - and its effect on Invermay - as "complete lunacy", both from economic and science perspectives.

Summit working to keep Dunedin jobs

14/08/2013
Newstalk ZB

Southern business and community leaders are set to approach AgResearch with an alternative to moving nearly 100 scientists from its Dunedin campus.

Dunedin leaders develop job plan

14/08/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

Southern leaders are heading for Wellington with ideas to stem regional decline, after a summit in Dunedin today.

Exodus of scientists feared

08/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

An exodus of leading New Zealand scientists could occur after the restructuring of AgResearch's Invermay facility, former Invermay director Conway Powell says.

Invermay downgrade

07/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

What an absolute disgrace that the powers that be should consider downsizing or even closing, Invermay Research Centre. This facility has given years of loyal and extremely valuable research to our leading income earner, the agricultural industry.

AgResearch relocation sharply criticised

06/08/2013
Southland Times

Environment Southland has called on the Minister for Primary Industries to stop the loss of scientists from the Invermay Research Centre in Dunedin.

$100m centralisation stressed

05/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

AgResearch dropped a bombshell last week by announcing it proposes to centralise its operations on Lincoln and Palmerston North, while cutting staff at Invermay and Ruakura.

AgResearch relocations a 'huge loss' for University

02/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

The relocation of jobs at Invermay will be a "huge loss" for the University of Otago, which has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with AgResearch over the years, a professor says.

Dunedin Mayor unhappy with Govt reneging on regional promise

01/08/2013
Scoop

Dunedin Mayor unhappy with Government reneging on regional promise Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull calls on Government to put its actions where its rhetoric is and reverse the trend of stripping resources from the regions and relocating them largely in one or two main centres.

Mayor alarmed at jobs shifted from Dunedin

01/08/2013
Radio New Zealand News

Dunedin mayor Dave Cull says government agencies are attacking his city's economy by shifting jobs north and the Prime Minister should personally intervene.

'Huge' legacy recalled

01/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Invermay's legacy was "huge", Neville Jopson, managing director of Dunedin-based consultancy and new venture development company AbacusBio, said yesterday.

Huge consequences to Invermay cuts: Clark

01/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Huge projects are at stake as AgResearch prepares to reduce staff numbers at Invermay and centralise on Lincoln and Palmerston North, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

Anger at Invermay job cuts

01/08/2013
Otago Daily Times

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has called the plans by AgResearch to relocate 85 jobs at Invermay, near Mosgiel, to other parts of the country "appalling".

Big gains for Lincoln in AgResearch shakeup

01/08/2013
Fairfax media - stuff.co.nz

Lincoln faces an economic and population boost as the country's largest crown research institute plans to move the "lion's share" of its staff there.

AgResearch to centralise business

31/07/2013
TV3 News

New Zealand's biggest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, will shift nearly 300 jobs from its Invermay and Ruakura campuses in an effort to centralise its business.

AgResearch jobs on the move

31/07/2013
TVNZ News

A proposed restructuring of AgResearch could see 180 jobs moved from its Ruakura campus near Hamilton, and 85 positions from its Invermay campus near Dunedin to other parts of the country.

Hundreds of new jobs for Lincoln

31/07/2013
The Press

About 215 Crown research workers are likely to be relocated to Lincoln as part of a major national restructuring of AgResearch.

AgResearch jobs on the move

31/07/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

A proposed restructuring of AgResearch could see 180 jobs moved from its Ruakura campus near Hamilton, and 85 positions from its Invermay campus near Dunedin to other parts of the country.

Editorial: Boost for Lincoln

01/05/2013
Fairfax Media - stuff.co.nz

The Government's plans to create a high-powered agricultural research and education facility at Lincoln are good news not just for the farming industry but also for Lincoln and particularly for Lincoln University.

Dismay over Invermay

Farmers Weekly plus

The future of New Zealand’s leading agricultural scientists and regional economies are under threat as AgResearch plans its future, with talk some scientists are already receiving overseas job offers.

Ten reasons why the AgResearch Invermay campus should be expanded

  • 1. Invermay campus does not require modernisation – New buildings costing $17m were opened only 5 years ago and have never been fully occupied. It is an outrage to spend $100m replicating facilities elsewhere. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 2. There is ample scope for future growth at Invermay with currently less than half the available office space occupied by AgResearch staff. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 3. A large number of skilled staff will be lost if asked to transfer to Lincoln – when AgResearch’s Wallaceville campus closed in 2008 less than 1/3 of the staff who were requested to move to Invermay, accepted the offer. Half of those who did transfer were made redundant in 2013. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 4. Invermay with its large flocks of sheep and herds of deer has a highly regarded international reputation and leading scientists have had many productive international collaborations. Many scientists have been attracted from overseas because of the large animal resource and excellent facilities available. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 5. Invermay staff have since the Centre’s inception been very active in on-farm collaborations in Otago and Southland. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 6. Invermay staff have a long history of collaboration with Otago University and for many years had the Molecular Biology Unit staffed with AgResearch researchers located in the Biochemistry Department. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 7. Unlike the other major AgResearch campuses, Invermay is not threatened by urban encroachment. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 8. If the proposed staff transfer is proceeded with, the complete closure of the Centre will almost certainly soon follow because with only 30 staff proposed for Invermay there will be a strong case for closure due to the high overhead cost in accommodating a small group in a large campus. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 9. Invermay is not located in an earthquake-prone region. George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG
  • 10. The scaling down of Invermay is a complete reversal of AgResearch’s policy of only 10 years ago when then CEO, Keith Steele said in justification for closing Wallaceville: “AgResearch plans to consolidate research at its sites at Ruakura (Hamilton), Grasslands (Palmerston North) and Invermay (Mosgiel), which will share closer links with Auckland, Lincoln and Otago universities. Overall, the science innovation centres, improved science capabilities and faster commercialisation of discoveries will cost $60 million.” George Davis DSc; FRSNZ; FAAABG