We have more than 650 staff spread throughout New Zealand, working towards three overarching goals on behalf of the New Zealand government.

Our purpose

We support the primary sector and the Government’s science and innovation priority areas.

We enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector through effective science. Our research contributes to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.

Our three goals are to:

  • Help foster and support prosperous land-based enterprises
  • Produce research that protects and enhances natural resources in a sustainable fashion
  • Contribute scientific understanding to added-value foods and bio-based products to meet evolving consumer demands.

Where we are

AgResearch has research centres and farms across the motu (islands).  We have two national centres (in Palmerston North and Lincoln), and two regional centres (in Hamilton and Mosgiel).

Message from the Chair

AgResearch is striving to be a sustainable and profitable business and by ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of our work we aim to continually reinvest in the best science to meet the needs of our sector.

In order to achieve this AgResearch is focusing our activities on:

Science excellence: driving agri-science to meet the changing needs of the sector and consumers

Partnerships: forming the best teams and co-designing with Māori, industry, farmers, government, other Crown Research Institutes and science organisations to deliver the most impactful outcomes

Mātauranga Māori: building our capacity and capability to deliver to Māori agri- business and to enrich our science in a uniquely Aotearoa-based way

Smart investments: investing wisely in our people and our science to deliver the right science to meet New Zealand’s needs.

Dr Paul Reynolds - QSO

Our Strategy

AgResearch is a strategy-led organisation. We aim to define success through more than just a financial lens and have developed strategies to guide us in how we approach our science.

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Our research aims to support diversified landscapes and enterprises that sustain regional economies while operating within planetary boundaries. This commitment also extends to ensuring our own operational activities are in step with doing what is required.


Employment Equality

We are committed to reducing our gender pay gap and are working towards goals outlined in the Kia Toipoto Public Service Action Plan.

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Holiday Act Remediation

If you were employed by AgResearch between 23 May 2012 to the 16 February 2021, you may be entitled to a remediation payment for incorrectly calculated holiday pay and leave.

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Get in touch with our team

Contact us

Send an email to one of our team or check out our facilities located across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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