Minister announces $25m fund (established several weeks ago) for innovative solutions in response to COVID-19

Dr Megan Woods, the Minister for Research, Science and Innovation, has been curiously silent  in recent weeks while the government set about tackling COVID-19 and – to buttress its credibility – firmly rooted its proclamations in science.

The last press statement from her as Minister of science was on February 4. At that time she announced the Government had signed a memorandum of understanding with urban air mobility company Wisk (the new trading name of Zephyr Airworks) to support a world-first passenger transport trial of the company’s all-electric, self-flying air taxi ‘Cora’ in Canterbury.

Today the silence ended with the Minister announcing the Government is investing $25 million to speed up the trial and deployment of innovations to help New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
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