An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE

Date: Friday 16 August, 2013
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
Registration: No cost, but please register by emailing

Title: The Mother of Innovation
Presented by: The Honourable Ruth Richardson, former Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1993

The guest speaker for this month’s forum will be well known to most of you as a passionate and strong woman with an unwavering belief in New Zealand – and no stranger to controversy.  The Honourable Ruth Richardson established her high public profile during her time as Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1993. She was the architect of the legendary ‘Mother of All Budgets’ as well as the Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994 (the institutional framework for the conduct of fiscal policy).

Since leaving parliament in 1994, Ruth has had an extraordinarily varied and busy life advising widely on strategies to achieve the practice of good governance and the development of high quality policy frameworks. 

At this month’s forum Ruth uses her experience to look at the roles that various stakeholders have in developing New Zealand as vibrant world leaders in the life science industry. Starting with the global perspective, Ruth will then drill down to the company and researcher level, looking at how we should ‘play’ in this space.

Ruth is, or has been, chairman or director on over 20 Boards and Board committees ranging from public policy to technology to the financial sector. In the bioindustry space this includes former Chairman of ICPbio and Diary Brands Ltd, former director of Wrightson Ltd and Oyster Bay Malborough Vineyards Ltd and currently Chairman of Synlait Ltd, the Jade Software Corporation and Syft Technologies Ltd and director of Synlait Milk Ltd.

As Chairman of KiwiNet, Ruth oversees a consortium of Universities, CRIs and other publicly funded research organisations that facilitate a collaborative approach to research commercialisation through workshops, capability building and pre-seed funding. There are currently 54 projects in the Kiwinet portfolio, with a further 127 projects in the pipeline for future pre-seed investment.

Ruth has also been involved with two of a handful of NZ companies to be taken to an IPO this year (Wynyard Group and Synlait Milk Ltd). 

Please join us as The Honourable Ruth Richardson addresses the cause of “Making More from Innovation”

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email  or phone (09) 923 9625 or 0274 305 758

 Public car parking is available nearby under the U of A’s Business School, the Owen G Glenn Building, in Grafton Rd. (see attached map). There is also limited parking available in Princes St.