Shaun Hendy

Why New Zealand's strength lies in 'the weird stuff'

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Why New Zealand's strength lies in 'the weird stuff'

Almost 10 years ago, Sir Paul Callaghan challenged New Zealanders to think of their economy as more than just a farm. Progress has been made, but there's still more work to be done. Here, director of Te Pūnaha Matatini professor Shaun Hendy shares why laser scientists should be talking to dairy farmers and the fintech sector should be talking to mathematicians.

Don't hate the player

Auckland, like many of the world’s big cities, is often pilloried in the provinces. But, while you might not live there, you’d be worse off without it, writes Professor Shaun Hendy. And if New Zealand is to prosper in the knowledge economy, we need to quit the parochialism.

If I asked you to place a value on a car, you might well go to Trade Me and see what cars of that particular make, model and year were selling for. Unfortunately, it turns out that scientific knowledge cannot can be valued this way.