Labour has announced that it will save Invermay. The Otago Daily Times has commended this decision.
A decision to save Invermay is easy. It costs nothing and increases New Zealand’s productivity. If you’re new to the Invermay story, watch this short video to understand why it is important to save it.
Scientists are currently scheduled to leave Invermay in 2017 – so in one sense there’s plenty of time. But actually there isn’t. We also know that AgResearch’s top scientists are casting about for work elsewhere and some have already left the organisation.
When top scientists leaves NZ we are all the poorer (quite literally). It takes many years to build the kinds of scientific collaboration and commercial partnerships that make Invermay the success that it is.
I’ve spoken again in Parliament about the changes. If you feel moved to act, please sign the petition which is still available in council offices and public libraries across Otago or at www.saveinvermay.co.nz to download.
If you’ve already signed the petition: thank you! Please help colleagues, family, and friends to do the same.
8000 signatures have been collected on the petition so far. 10,000 will be a hard number for any Government to ignore.