The Science Media Centre New Zealand was established in 2008, the third SMC to open its doors and the first to be fully public-funded. The SMC NZ works with national and regional reporters across all forms of media — including online — to support accurate coverage of science and help inform public debate with up-to-date research on the major issues of the day.
The SMC NZ works pro-actively with general reporters to help them cover science, by connecting them with reliable expert sources and identifying science angles in everyday news stories. In 2009, the SMC NZ set up the science blogging platform Sciblogs, offering scientists an opportunity to develop their science communication skills.
The SMC NZ has been funded to date by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, through the Royal Society of New Zealand, and is currently in the process of diversifying its funding base to include a range of public and private sector sources.