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National Centre for Radiation Science


The National Centre for Radiation Science (previously the National Radiation

Laboratory) is a specialist unit of the Institute of Environmental Science &

Research Ltd (ESR) and is primarily based in Christchurch, New Zealand, with

additional staff located in Wellington and Auckland.


On 1 December 2011, the National Radiation Laboratory was transferred from the Ministry of Health to ESR, with the exception of its regulatory function which still continues to be provided by the Ministry of Health through the Office of Radiation Safety. On the 1 of July 2013, the National Radiation Laboratory was renamed the National Centre for Radiation Science (NCRS) to do justice to its new ESR focus: protecting people and their environment through science.

The NCRS provides measurement and monitoring services, research capability and expert advice on ionising and non-ionising radiation.

Our goal is to ensure radiation science benefits New Zealand’s people, environment and industries by helping protect them from radiation and radioactive contamination, as well as promoting safe and beneficial use of radiation and radioactive materials.

Our capability statement


 Read our capability statement to learn more


  NCRS capability statement (PDF, 589 KB)



Service Area

Contact Details

Wim Nijhof

NCRS Programme Leader, 027 216 7838

Sophie Walker

Science Coordinator, 021 454 628

André Pinkert

Business Development, 027 702 2052

Tony Cotterill

Non-ionising, Regulatory, Scientific and Operational Functions, Emergency Response and Source Disposal, 021 805 128

John Laban

Calibration Services, 021 240 4814

Adam Yeabsley

Dosimetry Services, 021 992 323

Adam Yeabsley

CTBTO Monitoring Services, 021 992 323

Nikolaus Hermanspahn

Radioactivity Analytical Services, 021 240 7306

Full radiological emergency response and incident investigation are operational (contact: 021 393 632).


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Physical address: 
ESR Christchurch Science Centre
27 Creyke Road
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand 

Postal address:
ESR Christchurch Science Centre
PO Box 29-181
Christchurch 8540
New Zealand

Tel: +64 3 351 6019
Fax: +64 3 351 0010
Email: NCRS enquiries

Emergency contact number:
Tel: 021 393 632