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Science New Zealand

Welcome to Science New Zealand. It represents the seven Crown Research Institutes: the power of 3,600 people advancing ideas and delivering results for New Zealand through excellent science and technology.

Last year, government, business, sectors and communities invested $636 million with the Crown Research Institutes.

From environment to trade, agriculture to manufacturing, in niche technologies and with leading edge science, the Crown Research Institutes identify, respond to and solve science-based challenges affecting our lives today and tomorrow.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, their ideas, insights and connections are shaping new thinking and practical action.

Discover their stories, the results and the possibilities. The snippets click to external sites. We try to keep links current for 90 days.

For more on Science New Zealand Inc, the organisation, click here.



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ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery

New Value

Healthy land, healthy rivers, healthy people

A unique Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between the Ministry for Primary Industries, Te Runanga o Ngāti Porou (TRONPnui) and Gisborne District Council (GDC) has marked the beginning of a long journey to restore the health of the Waiapu Catchment. The catchment, situated on New Zealand’s East Coast, is struggling to overcome years of landscape degradation, poverty and climate change, compromising the ability of local people to revitalise their existing way of life.


New coating increases paperboard packaging life

Ensuring products reach the consumer in the best possible shape is an ongoing challenge for the chilled goods supply chain, where paperboard packaging is constantly exposed to fluctuating humidity, causing it to absorb moisture and eventually fail. This results in costly product losses.


Oiling the supply chain wheels

Shaping supply chains into value chains is something Dr Carel Bezuidenhout and his team excel in.


The human factor of forest safety

Human factors scientist Brionny Hooper helps individuals perform to the best of their ability while compensating for their natural limitations.


Online tool tackles worst of NZ pasture pests and weeds

The AgPest website is a feature of the AgResearch display in the Mystery Creek Pavilion at this year's National Agricultural Fieldays.


Improving community resilience to wildfire

The recent spate of wild fires in the South Island is evidence that the current fire season is one of the worst in recent years.


Science students learn on the job

3 University students spending their summer working in laboratories and rubbing shoulders with scientists in Palmerston North are part of 28 sponsored students working for Plant & Food Research this summer


New Thinking

Urgent need for global strategies on forest health

Keeping invasive pests out of forests should be a top priority for all countries according to Scion Principal Scientist, Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff. Ecki is co-author of a review on global biosecurity published recently in the prestigious journal, Science. In the review, Ecki and his co-authors from the University of Pretoria, stress the need for urgency in developing a global strategy to deal with pests in planted forests.


Forestry research partnership to build high-value wood exports

Scion’s support to industry’s diverse species programme has been boosted by Government investment of $5 million over the next seven years in a research partnership to create high-performance speciality wood products from trees other than radiata pine.


Scion/VITO collaboration – from lignin to bioproducts

A unique collaborative effort is getting under way between Scion in New Zealand and VITO in Belgium to accelerate the development of functional bio-aromatic chemicals from lignin. This is part of a joint strategy by both organisations to accelerate innovation through adaption and co-invention of technology and by assembling world-leading teams.


Aerial robotics add new dynamic to forestry

Aerial imagery, near infrared detection and aerial robotics sound like they belong in a military operation, however these advanced technologies are set to change the dynamics of forest


New Science

Advanced technologies expand our knowledge of spray deposition

Turbulence created by the ‘roughness’ of the forest canopy top is an important factor in calculating aerial spray deposition.


Meet Scion's post-doctoral research fellows

Drs Alex Hennebry, Wajid Waheed and Juan Rodriquez Gamir are currently undertaking post-doctoral research at Scion. For both Wajid and Juan, this has meant having to make huge changes in their lives, and relocating to New Zealand.


City lights, bright nights

The world is more brightly lit now than ever before, spilling light pollution out into the night skies, with the glows on the horizon becoming progressively whiter and brighter.


Balleny Islands humpback research

The New Zealand-Australia Antarctic ecosystems voyage has successful completed research at the Balleny Islands, a 160km island chain in the northern Ross Sea


Setting standards for a safer environment

Without standards our lives would be chaotic. Developing and revising standards is a continual process at Scion as new technologies and products become available, with many of our scientists actively engaged in national and international standards committees for such things as wood preservatives, biodegradability, packaging, freshwater and biosecurity measures.


Mobile scanner game changer for forestry management

A small, lightweight mobile laser scanning device is proving a boon for forestry resource management.


Crown Research Institutes

  • AgResearch logo.
  • Plant and Food Research logo.
  • ESR logo. GNS Science logo.
  • Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua logo.
  • NIWA logo.
  • SCION logo.

Crown Agent

  • Callaghan Innovation logo.

Subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures

  • Enviromark NZ
  • carboNZero
  • EBEX21
  • Biopolymer Network
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • Invasive Species International
  • EcoGene
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • Atlastech
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • farmax
  • EnCoate
  • Veritec
  • Prevar
  • Manaaki Whenua Press
  • Grasslands Innovation
  • Clone International
  • grasslanz