It is timely to take stock of the wellbeing of educational research in Aotearoa New Zealand. The major Education Work Programme 2021 includes a Research, Evaluation and Development Strategy. Te Ara Paerangi—Future Pathways Green Paper has launched a major review of the design of public funding for research institutions and for research taking place in tertiary and other education institutions. This paper canvasses the recent history and current landscape of educational research funding and support in Aotearoa New Zealand. It draws on the author's extensive experience in this field, and the need to test the author's growing unease that educational research in this country is, overall, not in good shape.
Cathy Wylie recently retired from her role as a Kaihatū Rangahau Chief Researcher with NZCER. She is well-known for her research on educational and social policy and its impacts for teaching and learning. She is particularly interested in how we can better support teaching and learning to tackle longstanding inequities in our system, and the newer challenges we face. Cathy received the NZARE McKenzie Award in 2010, and was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand for services to education in 2014.