The Government has been slammed after a leaked document revealed it approved a ''shoddy'' AgResearch business case for restructuring, which included slashing jobs at Invermay.
A new leak reveals AgResearch made a submission to Dunedin City Council enthusiastic about expanding Invermay, only months before presenting plans to the Government to slash jobs at the facility.
The New Zealand Deer Farmers Association has expressed ''major concerns'' over AgResearch's Future Footprint plan and says continuing investment at Invermay is vital for the deer industry.
The chairman of a Southland sheep breeding association is calling for a ''thorough audit'' of AgResearch over its decision to gut Invermay.
AgResearch has been accused of lacking transparency over its failure to release documentation supporting its plan to slash jobs at Invermay.
AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson has been accused of ''fiddling while Invermay burns'' after revelations seven staff have resigned over its restructuring plan.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull has hit back at AgResearch's claim that opponents of job cuts at Invermay have made too much of Dunedin's so-called ''genetics hub''.
The political stoush over Invermay's future between Dunedin North MP David Clark and Dunedin-based list MP and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse continued this week.
Dunedin City Council chief executive Paul Orders says he is leaving an organisation that has turned a corner.
AgResearch is yet to provide estimates of how many staff will be lost as a result of restructuring, despite a request from Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.
A meeting between the University of Otago and AgResearch over future co-operation has been hailed as ''positive''.
The University of Otago will meet AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson in Dunedin today to explore options for future co-operation between the two institutions.
Agresearch's plan to cut about 80 jobs from Invermay Agricultural Centre will return Otago and Southland's farmers back to the ''doldrums'', a former Federated Farmers Otago president says.
Co-location based on Lincoln and Palmerston North will deliver much greater integration of science to deliver solutions to on-farm challenges, acting AgResearch chief executive Andrew McSweeney writes.
Leaked documents show the AgResearch management team evaluating restructuring plans pushed for more jobs at Invermay, not downsizing the facility.
The head of AgResearch has been criticised over comments he made stressing the importance of ''regional innovation'' in the Waikato, with politicians saying the remarks contradict his plan to ''gut'' Invermay.
An exodus of leading New Zealand scientists could occur after the restructuring of AgResearch's Invermay facility, former Invermay director Conway Powell says.
The lack of transparency from AgResearch about the changes it plans to make to Invermay has been criticised after the crown research institute failed to respond in time to an official information request.