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About us

We are New Zealand's Crown Research Institute (CRI) for our land environment.

Our scientists undertake world-class science focused on New Zealand’s biodiversity, biosecurity, land resources and environment. We work with other Crown Research Institutes, universities, businesses and the wider science system to create impactful, relevant and useful research.

Our research supports government decisions and policies – local, regional and national.

Our data, solutions, technology, products and services are used by primary industries to underpin more sustainable land and resource use.

We work closely with iwi and Māori groups to support their goals for their land, and we incorporate science and mātauranga Māori into our research.

We support public and community aspirations for our land environment through stakeholder engagement and citizen science input.

At our eight sites we also curate almost a third of New Zealand’s Nationally Significant Databases and Collections – reference collections of biological material, cultural knowledge, online databases and tools. These resources are used by our scientists and others across New Zealand and around the world.