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Science New Zealand 2017 National Awards

 21 Awardees announced!


Science New Zealand represents the seven Crown Research Institutes: the power of 3,500 people advancing ideas and delivering results for New Zealand through excellent science and technology.

Government, business, sectors and communities invested $636 million with the Crown Research Institutes to identify, respond to and solve science based challenges affecting our lives today and tomorrow - from environment to trade, agriculture to manufacturing, in niche technologies and with leading edge science.

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New Value

Scion nursery upgrade

Forestry in New Zealand can trace its beginnings back to the tree nurseries of Whakarewarewa (near Rotorua) established after the Mount Tarawera eruption in the late 1800s. In the years that followed, the nursery was home to the first experiments of New Zealand’s young forestry industry. That work went on to set the New Zealand nursery standard for commercial nursery practices and was established as world class.


Colourful timber

Staining or painting timber is the traditional way to add colour to wooden products, but that colour is only surface deep. Any scratching or resurfacing can remove the colourful layer and affect the aesthetic of the wood. The full thickness colour technology developed by Scion fixes colourful dye throughout timber in a range of bright colours.


New Thinking

Is that a plastic wrapper in your snapper?

Scion and fish make an odd combination, but biopolymer scientist Jamie Bridson was part of a team that looked at plastic microparticle ingestion by commercial fish species across the South Pacific.


New Science

What good is wood in streams?

Freshwater ecologist Dr Brenda Baillie has completed a two-year study of naturally forming, small debris dams that have an important positive role as habitat for aquatic invertebrates in forested headwater streams.


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

  • Grasslands Innovation
  • farmax
  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • National Land Resource Centre (NLRC)
  • Prevar
  • Virtual Institute of Statistical Genetics
  • Biopolymer Network
  • EnCoate
  • Veritec
  • BioPacific Ventures
  • EcoGene
  • PhytaGro, Inc
  • grasslanz
  • VARNZ Ltd
  • Clone International
  • Atlastech