ESR | Keeping people safe and healthy through science

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 world.

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Find out more about the work we do through the case studies below. Filter by science discipline for more specific results.

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Te Mate Huka - Diabetes study

Reducing health inequalities and achieving health equity for Māori will depend on a better understanding of the science of implementation.

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Preserving Māori cultural assets

ESR partnered with Matatā based iwi Ngāti Rangitihi and 3D visualisation experts Blue Cube Consulting to co-develop a virtual marae visualisation platform named Te Rererunga (the ‘fly over’).

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Forensic Awareness Training to Conflict Armament Research CAR London by Kurt McManus 6

Forensic awareness training

The expertise of ESR's forensic scientists and technicians can be applied to numerous fields.

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Forensic NZ documentary series

ESR, along with the NZ Police, participated in the 2017 five-part documentary series Forensics NZ. The series explored real crimes in New Zealand and how forensic science assisted Police with their investigations.

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Becoming a forensic scientist

Forensic scientists apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crime and help police find or eliminate crime suspects.

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DNA

About the DNA databank

In 1995, a joint project involving the New Zealand Police and ESR created the National DNA Profile Databank.  

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