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About the Science and Technical Industry in New Zealand

Science research in New Zealand occurs across the public and private sectors. We are well-recognised globally across a number of fields for the quality of our science.

New Zealand’s research program includes research organisations, such as Universities, government departments, councils, research associations, crown owned institutes (CRI’s) and other research associations. Research through these organisations is controlled by a range of government bodies who are responsible for funding, regulation and legislation.

Crown Research Institutes

The Crown owned CRIs (Crown Research Institutes) were created in the early 1990s from a number of government owned research entities.

The CRIs are the largest suppliers of science research in New Zealand with approximately 4000 employees.

There are 7 CRIs:

  • AgResearch – Agresearch Ltd

  • ESR – Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd

  • GNS Science – Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd

  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research – Landcare Research New Zealand

  • NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Scion

  • Plant and Food Research – The NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd

  • Scion – NZ Forest Research Institute Ltd


All eight universities of New Zealand contribute to our research and innovation capability. They spend over $850 million annually on research which accounts for 65% of our basic research and 25% of applied research spent. All universities have education and research programmes in Science and/or Technology.

There are a range of Independent Research Organisations across a wide range of sectors represented by IRANZ, the Independent Research Association of NZ. They account for approximately $60 million of research per annum.

Chief Areas of Growth and Development

Callaghan Innovation is a Crown entity and was created in 2013. It delivers services to enable businesses to invest in science, engineering and technology research, through a team of 400 staff including engineers, scientists, researchers and technologists and facilities around New Zealand.

The private sector continues to invest in industry research. This is often assisted through government funding. Due to globalisation and the international ownership of many of our large companies, the quality of locally-conducted has decreased significantly with the preference for this research to be undertaken at global facilities.

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