New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC)
Ko te Aitanga Pepeke o Aotearoa
NZAC has the most complete coverage of terrestrial invertebrates of all the collections held in New Zealand.
In addition to its fundamental systematics value, the collection underpins quarantine and border control decisions e.g., verifying the presence or absence of species in New Zealand for EPA, or for confirming identity of newly arrived potential pests for MAF.
The collection makes important contributions to conservation-helping identify species rich areas to target for protection, or for prioritising areas for restoration projects as many of the collections come from areas which, subsequently, have been modified.
Primary production sectors and researchers in universities and other Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, ESR, Forest Research, Plant and Food Research) use NZAC as a repository for specimens and a source of information. Identification services are also provided to the general public.