Save Invermay Toolkit
Since 14 August 2013, the Save Invermay campaign has questioned the validity of AgResearch’s plans to implement its Future Footprint Proposal. This campaign is all about giving voice to scientific and economic concerns about the project – your voice. No matter where you need to get the Invermay word out – business, home, classroom, or municipality – we've developed a variety of ways to use Save Invermay to help spread your own unique Save Invermay message.
In July last year, AgResearch, the Government’s largest Crown Research Institute, announced its plans for a major restructure with its Future Footprint Proposal (FPP). A lot is at stake because AgResearch is the taxpayer-fuelled science engine that underpins productivity and growth on New Zealand farms.
AgResearch has proposed drastic change for Invermay and discontent is filtering up the country from the South, with news of the decision to dismantle the successful hub centred on its world-leading Invermay campus.
Despite being signed off by Minister Steven Joyce nearly a year ago, the full business case for AgResearch’s restructure has been suppressed, and was only released very recently. AgResearch last year released a shorter, redacted version of the business case, in an unsuccessful attempt to appear transparent. What we now know is that the public was being drip-fed only half of the story.
The full business case will result in $100m of taxpayer money being spent for little gain - a substantial chunk of that to be spent on establishing laboratory and office space when there is already very high quality space. Even AgResearch’s own Change Management Team recommended that Invermay should be enhanced, not downsized.
A BERL economics report concluded that the best case scenario for the plan was only marginally better, and far riskier, than leaving things the way they are now. The BERL assessment is that if all the AgResearch assumptions held the improved quality of research and development would effectively be within the margin of error. BERL also queried why the Minister for Science and Innovation DID NOT REQUIRE AgResearch to build its Business Case in accordance with Treasury’s Better Business Case (BBC) guidelines.
Sheep breeders in Northland, Manawatu and Southland find the changes equally abhorrent. A recent survey of all ram breeders in New Zealand shows 92% are against the plan to move the genetics hub at Invermay.
The Board of AgResearch is vividly showing that it is out of touch with the industry it serves. Shareholding Minister Steven Joyce must call the Board to account. The Invermay changes make no sense to anyone concerned.
Join the growing throng opposed to the Future Footprint Proposal and sign the petition opposing the changes. Signatures are being collected from all over the country - visit www.saveinvermay.co.nz to find out more or to download the petition form.
You can also join the cause in different ways.