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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.

Crown Research Institutes

Crown Research Institutes are the science research businesses owned by the Crown (i.e. the New Zealand Government) in New Zealand. They were formed in 1992 from existing government-owned research bodies, the largest of which was the DSIR (Department of Scientific & Industrial Research) established in 1926.

The Crown Research Institutes are, collectively, the largest dedicated providers of science research in New Zealand. They are also some of New Zealand's most significant commercial users of science and technology, and often the largest integrated providers in their sectors in the world.

More than 3,600 people across seven research companies, dedicated to research providing benefit to New Zealand – working regionally, nationally and globally across sectors and across geographies.

Our people work with the world’s leading researchers because they too are part of that elite. They lead global teams, doing the research and providing the underpinning for global policy debates and science-based solutions.

Our people are critical elements in the nation’s intelligence – bringing back home the insights, knowledge and connections that deliver real results for New Zealand businesses and communities.

They are organised around providing solutions to New Zealand's critical issues for the economy, environment and our society. New technologies, new solutions, time-critical work with people who understand the need to deliver results and work in partnership. They will build the teams needed to get to the answers.

They don't stop with today – they are already thinking through and working on what is coming up to affect the lives of our children and further generations. Some of their insights will astonish, and give advantage to those with the courage to embrace new thinking and new possibilities.

The Crown Research Institutes undertake blue-sky and applied science and technology research and development. More than that, they see their job as encouraging ideas that deliver results, be it quality policy advice or great commercial products and services. Their clients include central and local government and private sector markets in New Zealand and abroad.

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

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