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We have more than 650 staff spread throughout New Zealand, working towards three overarching goals on behalf of the New Zealand government.
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
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.
Our researchaims tosupport diversified landscapes and enterprises thatsustainregional economies whileoperatingwithin planetaryboundaries. This commitment also extends to ensuringourown operational activities are in step withdoing what isrequired.