By Ian Duncan
As Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics and a smart Kiwi, once said: “We haven’t got the money, so we’ll have to think”.
The principles behind Rutherford’s quote, while relevant globally, relate particularly well with Australia and New Zealand’s strategies and plans for competing and excelling in the increasingly resource hungry research sphere. This was reinforced at the recent annual eResearch New Zealand Conference in Queenstown, which brought together 171 researchers, infrastructure operators, developers, and strategists.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown for the annual Leaders Meeting.
As the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand the event you look forward to most each year is the annual Leaders Meeting.
While invariably short, these visits can accomplish a huge amount for a bilateral relationship. They set the direction for work that will continue long after the PM’s plane leaves, and they build the foundations of mutual respect and trust between leaders which is so important in maintaining strong relationships between countries. It is also a chance to cut through bureaucratic thickets and get decisions made.
Brendan Lyon is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Australia and New Zealand have a great relationship, because we’ve got a lot of shared experience and a huge amount of mutual regard and trust.
That’s why the Closer Economic Relations treaty was possible – an agreement to integrate two national economies which remains a world-class example more than 30 years on.
By Adrian Littlewood, New Zealand Co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum
In two days, more than 200 senior Australian and New Zealand business leaders and nine Government Ministers will meet in Sydney to identify ways to further improve the trans-Tasman relationship. The meeting will coincide with the Australian and New Zealand Government’s annual CER/Single Economic Market meeting.
‘I am delighted to have David Thodey (Chairman of CSIRO among many other things) as a guest blogger this week, commenting on Australian and New Zealand cooperation in the area of innovation. David has trans-Tasman bloodlines and is utterly committed to the innovation agenda in our two countries’
– Peter Woolcott, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand