Research and Industry in New Zealand


    NEW ZEALAND'S position in relation to world commerce was reviewed by the Governor-General, Lord Bledisloe, on September 29 in an address to the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce at Christ-church. In the course of the address he referred to the resentment often expressed in regard to excessive mechanisation and other social and economic ills entailed by the progress of scientific research and the application to industrial processes of the resulting discoveries. The remedy is to be sought, he suggested, not in arresting the march of science, especially in a country which has so much to gain from agricultural and other scientific research, but rather in redoubling research in those fields of economics, psychology, sociology and education in which are to be sought solutions of those problems, which have hitherto baffled mankind, of the distribution of the wealth which the applications of other branches of science have already made abundantly accessible. From the enunciation of this doctrine of the socio-centrality jof present-day science, he passed on to consider the limits within and conditions on which State guidance and organisation are likely to produce better results than unshackled individual enterprise.

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