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Research and Development in New Zealand: 2012

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2012 presents a statistical picture of research and development (R&D) in New Zealand in 2012. The information in this report is based on data from the R&D Survey 2012, which was conducted by Statistics NZ and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

R&D is important for economic growth and for sustaining a dynamic New Zealand economy. It is also vital in addressing the socio-economic issues unique to New Zealand. The R&D Survey is run every two years. Statistics from the survey measure and evaluate New Zealand’s R&D performance. These statistics also provide a basis for benchmarking this performance against other countries.

The R&D Survey 2012 collected information on business, government, and higher education (university) spending on R&D. Initial results from the survey were published in an information release on 27 March 2013 (see Research and Development Survey: 2012). This report contains more detailed results from the survey.

The 2012 survey included a design change from the previous one. We sent questionnaires only to businesses that we believed to be undertaking R&D. While we adjusted 2010 results to be comparable, care is needed when interpreting the results.

Statistics NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are grateful to the organisations that took part in the R&D Survey 2012.

To read the report, download or print the PDF and tables from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

ISSN 1177-0295

Published 15 August 2013

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