Crown Research Institutes support, sustain, challenge and develop existing sectors and also contribute to the development of new sectors.  


AgResearch’s purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.



ESR's purpose is to deliver scientific and research services to the public health, food safety, security and justice systems, and the environmental sector.


 GNS Science

GNS Science's purpose is to deliver research that drives growth in New Zealand's geologically based energy and minerals industries, and to improve understanding of geological processes and hazards.


Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research's purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand's management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources, in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment.



NIWA's purpose is to enhance the value and management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, and to improve understanding and prediction of climate and weather hazards.

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Plant & Food Research

Plant & Food Research's purpose is to enhance the value and productivity of New Zealand's horticultural, arable, seafood and food and beverage industries that contribute to economic growth and the environmental and social prosperity of New Zealand.



Scion's purpose is to drive growth from New Zealand's forestry, wood products, wood-derived materials, and other biomaterials.


Crown Agents

Must give effect to government policy when directed by the responsible Minister.


Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation's purpose as a business-facing organisation is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by New Zealand businesses.