The sacking of NIWA scientist Jim Salinger has been getting wide coverage in New Zealand (see Niwa sacks Jim Salinger; Niwa sacks top scientist; Niwa sacks top scientist; and Face of NIWA sacked for talking to media). It was also noticed overseas (see eg., Permission to Speak, Sir?! Top NZ climate scientist is fired, for not asking!; Top New Zealand climate scientist sacked for talking to media; and Pharyngula: News from the other side of the world).
See also Hot Topic, Sound of silence, for a local comment on the sacking.
All round, it makes New Zealand’s Crown research Institutes look silly and bureaucratic.