ESR | Keeping people safe and healthy through science

About ESR

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.

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ESR employs around 400 expert minds whose independent scientific advice and services help improve our collective economic and social wellbeing.

Using the largest team of forensic, social, radiation, environmental and infectious disease scientists and epidemiologists in New Zealand we deliver solutions for local and central government, industry and other science organisations.

Our expertise, experience and networks are trusted to solve complex problems, collect, collate and analyse huge amounts of data and manage a range of critical national science assets and facilities for New Zealand.

Read our Statement of Core Purpose (external link) , as issued by the New Zealand Parliament.


Celebrating 25 years as a Crown Research Institute

Twenty-five years ago, on 1 July 1992, the New Zealand Government re-shaped the nation’s science research organisations into 10 Crown Research Institutes (CRIs).  

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Careers at ESR

Keeping people safe and healthy through science is our focus, so it is understandable that most of ESR's staff are graduates and post-graduates in science.

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Our science in action

ESR is New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Our world-class knowledge, research and laboratory services help our partners and clients solve complex problems and protect people in New Zealand and around the...

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Media releases

 Read about ESR in the news or contact our media manager for media queries:

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Water newsletter

Read our quarterly newsletters for more in depth updates of ESR projects in the water space.  

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Corporate publications

Read more about ESR and our achievements in ESR's corporate publications such as our Profile publication, Annual Reports, and Statement of Corporate Intent.

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Terms and conditions

Read or download our Standard Finance Terms and Conditions

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