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Research and Development in New Zealand: 2008

Preface

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2008 presents a statistical picture of research and development (R&D) in New Zealand in 2008. It is based on data collected in the R&D Survey 2008, which was conducted by Statistics New Zealand jointly with the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.

R&D is important for economic growth and for sustaining a dynamic New Zealand economy that is capable of competing successfully on the international stage. R&D is also vital in addressing a range of socio-economic issues unique to New Zealand. The detailed statistics that the biennial R&D Survey provides are important for measuring and evaluating New Zealand’s R&D performance. These statistics also provide a basis for benchmarking this R&D performance against other countries.

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The R&D Survey 2008 collected information on business, government, and higher
education (university) spending on R&D. Initial results from the survey were released on 28 April, 2009. This report contains more detailed results from the survey.

This survey included two key improvements that are a change from previous surveys.
This is the first release of R&D survey statistics using the updated Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 version. Previous surveys used the earlier 1996 version. In addition, the information collected about purpose of research or socio-economic objective, was changed to be consistent with the breakdown in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) 2008. Further information can be found in chapter 7, ‘technical documentation’.

Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology are grateful for the cooperation of the organisations that participated in the R&D Survey 2008.

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