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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About us

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.

Our values

Our organisation's values define how we work together and with our clients. Developed by our people, our values are a reflection of what is important to us as we strive to help keep people safe, healthy and prosperous.

ESR values

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For more information about who we are, read our Statement of Core Purpose (external link) , as issued by the New Zealand Parliament, or watch the video below to see how ESR is meeting future science challenges. 

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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Our Newsletters

Read our quarterly newsletters for more in depth updates of our work in the water space. If you would like to register to receive our Living Water or GroundsWell newsletters please complete the subscription form[/home/about-esr/register-with-esr/].  

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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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ESR is in our community at events, symposiums, conferences and working with businesses.

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Terms and conditions

Read or download our Standard Finance Terms and Conditions

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