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.


Facilitating service redesign

ESR worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Capital and Coast DHB to redevelop the model of care for those involved in Opioid Substitution Treatments (OST).

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Brent sampling river drinking water

Water science learning resources

The educational outreach programme managed by the University of Waikato - The Science Learning Hub - brought together ESR scientists to talk about a range of topics related to water quality.

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Virus removal in wastewater

The Virus Removal in Wastewater project is an ESR-led research group that aims to advance knowledge of the efficiency and relative importance of processes involved in virus removal in natural wastewater systems such as oxidation ponds.

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Tutuko River Fiordland National Park NZ

Collaborating with local government on water quality

Poor water quality is not only bad for the environment, it can also put our health at risk.

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Identifying the source of faecal contamination

When waterways become contaminated with faeces, an important step in contamination management is identifying the source of the pollution.

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Healthy Tonga

Providing public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga

ESR works in partnership with the Tongan Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour and the Tongan Ministry of Health to provide public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga. 

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