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Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) – Kia kotahi mai - Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau – National Science Challenge.

Challenge background

The Science for Technological Innovation Challenge (SfTI) launched in 2015. One of 11 National Science Challenges, SfTI is a 10-year, multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a high-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.

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Our People

Read about the people and organisations who are behind the SfTI Science Challenge. 

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Vision Matauranga

Vision mātauranga is a New Zealand government science policy framework. Its mission is to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Vision mātauranga is integrated (kia kōtahi) into all Challenge activity and its way of working and thinking.

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Capacity Development

To accelerate the evolution of our high-tech economy, we fund our researchers to expand their human and relational skills, so that they can connect and co-innovate with industry and Māori and create new, high-value, high-impact products and services.

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Latest news and updates

Meet the researchers: Dr Richard Parker

They taught me logging, I taught them calculus’ - tree fella to SfTI scientist, Dr Richard Parker.

Meet the researchers: Te Awhina Arahanga

Based at Lincoln AgriTec, Te Awhina Arahanga is at the interface between several SfTI research projects  and Te Waihora environs and Rūnanga.