HERA has placed a submission for MBIE’s Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper which looks to transform the current RSI system.

New Zealand’s research system was designed nearly 30 years ago, and some parts of the system are not working as well as they should be.

Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways is a multi-year programme focused on addressing that, by looking at what the future of New Zealand’s research system looks like.

The programme seeks to start an open and wide-ranging conversation on a range of issues facing the research system, how these issues might be addressed, and how to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Our position on Te Ara Paerangi

As a research association, the Future Pathways consultation is certainly something that we wanted to respond to.

HERA, as outlined in our submission, supports a transformation of the RSI system – in particular so it:

  • truly honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi in form and function;
  • places outcomes at the forefront, ensuring that impact is a requirement, not a secondary element;
  • responds to national impact challenges and deliver against the Living Standards Framework to ensure intergenerational wellbeing;
  • eliminates perverse outcomes, such as creating large administrative financial burdens in the funding application and delivery stages and competition versus collaboration;
  • enables all research institution types, including independent research associations, to flourish based on demonstrated impact;
  • creates greater relationships with the Workforce Development Councils, which will be mapping out future workforce requirements for the industries and sectors that they represent; and
  • facilitates true alignment between national, industry and workforce needs and publicly funded research.


Want to know more about Te Ara Paerangi?

This consultation period is the start of a multi-year discussion and it is likely further opportunities to engage in the Future Pathways programme will occur throughout 2022 as ideas are further developed and refined.

You can find more information on Te Ara Paerangi here, and the areas of focus the program has.

Update shared by our CEO, Troy Coyle