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ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) is New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities.

It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources, and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems. See the positive impact our work has

Latest news

Havelock North’s water gastro outbreak

ESR scientists Dr Brent Gilpin, Dr Jillian Sherwood, Dr Claire Newbern and Dr Mehnaz Adnan from ESR will be lead investigators in a study into Havelock North's water contamination. The Health Research Council of New Zealand has announced an investment of $437,949 for the research programme which is a special funding allocation awarded because of the significance of New Zealand’s largest water supply contamination event. This research will provide the opportunity for health officials, local authorities and communities at large to be better prepared.

Inaugural Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter

ESR has produced its first Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter to help inform people about ESR’s science and research in the Pacific region. The inaugural issue covers projects looking at environmental exposures effecting the health of the people in Tonga, the forensic science needs of the Cook Islands, monitoring radiation in the Pacific, and supporting the health of Pacific Children. Read the Healthy Pacific Environments newsletter on our ESR in the Pacific page.

Manuka and kanuka to be used in first operational scale trial

ESR’s water quality scientists have being helping the Horowhenua District Council become the first council in New Zealand to use a purpose-made native ecosystem to irrigate and further treat wastewater. ESR’s research into the use of manuka and kanuka as a natural filter of pollutants is to be applied on an operational scale early next year. It’s great to see councils such as Horowhenua adopt innovative and natural solutions for cleaning our water! Find out more about our research using New Zealand native vegetation for improving water quality.

New Board Members August 2017

ESR welcomes two new Board members who bring with them a great deal of experience and insight to the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.

They are Professor Cris Print (external link) and Dr Andy Shenk (external link) . Cris is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at Auckland University and Andy is currently the Chief Executive at Auckland Uniservices.