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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.



National Centres

Science Centres



Tertiary Education Institutions

ScienceNZ - The Value of Science Discovery

New Value

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


Building community awareness of fire risks

Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team has been running hot this past year with the fire research programme again receiving Gold status in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) annual reporting round, one of only 18 awards over 250 contracts.


2014 Briefing to Incoming Ministers

The 2014 Briefing to Incoming Ministers by Science New Zealand provides an overview of the role and purpose of CRIs within the New Zealand science and innovation eco-system.  CRIs are two-thirds of the nation's publically-funded science researchers (excluding health and ICT areas); and where businesses choose to spend $3 of every $4 on RS&T they commission externally.  There has been significant progress since the 2010 CRI Taskforce.  The BIM proposes key issues for Ministerial leadership, as CRIs focus on advancing ideas and delivering results that benefit New Zealand


Greater flexibility for quarantine treatments

Some of the tight scheduling pressures around log exports for ports and log marshalling companies have been eased, thanks to Scion’s forest protection scientists.


Investment in bioplastics research pays off

Bioplastics are a small but rapidly growing niche that currently represents about 1% of the global plastics market. Their use is expected to grow by over 10% per year, with the estimated global market expected to be more than 12 million tonnes per year by 2020.


Is wood quality still relevant?

Planting forests is a long term commitment. Choosing the right trees and management regime requires good site knowledge and a long term perspective about the future value of wood. It also requires a better understanding of what constitutes quality from a consumer’s perspective.


New Thinking

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


What will the new water standards mean for forestry?

Government’s freshwater reforms aim to balance economic growth with sustainability, and herald a change to the way freshwater is managed. Communities are now responsible for setting the standards for freshwater management within their region, creating the opportunity for forestry growers to be actively involved in the process.


Choosing the right tree for the job

Forest growers are becoming increasingly aware of the ecosystem services and non-market values that forests provide.


Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Nominations for the Prime Minister's Science Prizes close on the 4th of August.   The five prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders' lives, celebrate the contribution of current scientists and encourage those of the future.   To find out


New Science

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.


Exciting new possibilities for eucalypts

Eucalypts are a promising commercial plantation species. With their strength, hardness and attractive appearance, and in some species, durability, they provide timber for a range of markets from furniture and outdoor uses, to fibre for high quality papers.


Science discovery already returning millions to New Zealand sheep farming

An enormous international effort to map the sheep genome has already had very valuable spin-offs for New Zealand agriculture 


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