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Hutchison: Proposed CRI Merger Needs Due Diligence

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14 August 2008 - The proposed merger between Horticulture Research and Crop & Food Research should have positive consequences, but needs to be done with due care, says National's Research, Science & Technology spokesman, Paul Hutchison.

"There are clearly synergies between these organisations that will allow bigger scientific teams to focus on common challenges.

"In international terms, many of New Zealand's CRI's are undercapitalised, and having a bigger capital base will also allow a bigger buffer against more risky research.

"However, it's very important that in undertaking the merger, scientific staff are comfortable with the deal.

"Analysis has been carried out previously by Treasury on mergers between CRI's, and in doing this one it's important to ensure scientific platforms are well aligned with work being carried out in other CRI's, such as NIWA or AgResearch.

"If the proposed merger can be carried out with care and due consideration for getting the best out of all our Crown Research Organisations going into the future, it will be a good thing."

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