Celebrating 25 years as a Crown Research Institute

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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).


The milestone of 25 years is being marked across the course of this year by the now seven CRIs – AgResearch, ESR, GNS Science, Landcare Research, NIWA, Plant & Food Research and Scion. Collectively, the CRIs employ more than 3400 staff across 50 sites around New Zealand.

ESR 25 year logo“Two-thirds of New Zealand’s publicly-funded science researchers – outside health and ICT – work for the CRIs, and New Zealand businesses turn to us for over 75 per cent of their external R&D work”, said Anthony Scott, Chief Executive of Science New Zealand, the collective voice of the CRIs. 

“We apply the best science knowledge to the opportunities and threats for New Zealand. We work with communities, Maori, local and central government and businesses to provide the science and technology that makes a difference for New Zealand.

“The milestone of 25 years gives us an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved by so many dedicated people, past and present, across the CRIs. This is a celebration of their expertise and skill, creativity, and passion to deliver impact for New Zealand.

“Our task is always to look to the future – what are the opportunities for New Zealand, what are the risks – how can we continue to protect, enhance and develop New Zealand’s future wealth and well-being?”

In November, Parliament and Te Papa will host events for past and present CRI staff and others who have been involved in the success of the CRIs. These events will also include public talks and displays.

Anthony Scott says “We work for the people of New Zealand, so we are always keen to listen and engage with them, and to share our research and how it is applied. The milestone of 25 years is another opportunity to do this, and to explore the possibilities for New Zealand’s future.”

The anniversary statement(external link) from Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith.