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Selwyn MP Amy Adams has strongly criticised the Government’s failure to support a proposed joint research facility at Lincoln.

“Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ rejection of Lincoln University’s business case for $85 million in Government funding for the planned education and research centre is a huge blow for Selwyn,” Ms Adams said.

“The planned $206 million facility was to have been a joint venture between Lincoln University and AgResearch to encourage collaboration and innovation.”

“Earthworks had already been undertaken on the 27,000-square metre facility, but at the eleventh hour the Government has pulled the rug out from under the project, forcing AgResearch to go it alone on a much smaller facility,” Ms Adams said.

“This decision is a slap in the face for Lincoln University and our land-based sectors. I am astonished that the Government cannot grasp the importance of nurturing research that could help New Zealand and the global community meet the challenges of providing food for the world’s population in an environmentally sustainable way,” Ms Adams said.

“Unfortunately the Minister seems unwilling to recognise the critical role of Lincoln University as a niche provider of industry-focussed tertiary education, as demonstrated by his previous efforts to force Lincoln to merge with Canterbury University,” Ms Adams said.

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