Into the Future

AgResearch is investing $133m to modernise our facilities and co-locate employees doing complementary work at our Palmerston North and Lincoln campuses in brand new, purpose built innovation hubs with other partners. Smaller regional research centres will be maintained in Hamilton (Ruakura) and Dunedin (Invermay) focusing on regional science issues such as land use, water use and farm systems. Around 200 AgResearch employees will relocate to our Palmerston North and Lincoln campuses as construction of facilities completes in 2019-2020.

At our Grasslands campus, across the road from Massey University, new containment glasshouses and surgery facilities will be developed for our forage and animal science research.

The new facilities include two joint facilities:

  • the Joint Lincoln University AgResearch Facility at Lincoln, near Christchurch, which we’ll share with Lincoln University and DairyNZ
  • the Joint Food Science Facility at Massey University, near Palmerston North.  

These brand new facilities include science laboratories, modern working spaces, meeting rooms and shared areas designed and developed with significant input from AgResearch people to ensure they are fit for purpose now and into the future.

Development of these science ‘hubs’ will bring together science capability internally and across the sector, allowing for a more effective and collaborative approach to tackling national science issues. They’ll help spark new ideas and innovation through increased opportunities for interaction and knowledge sharing between our people and stakeholders across the pastoral sector.

This is a unique opportunity for AgResearch and its stakeholders providing New Zealand with two key science hubs and two world-class joint facilities.

Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility

Construction starts later this year (2017) on the Lincoln University AgResearch Joint Facility. It will be located on the Lincoln University campus and co-owned and populated by Lincoln University and AgResearch, with DairyNZ as a tenant.

The three organisations, as well as Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research will form part of He Puna Karikari (or Lincoln Hub) which is a virtual partnership organisation employing several employees to act as a one-stop-shop for potential clients wanting to access our combined agri-science capabilities.

Combining these capabilities and working with our stakeholders will facilitate leading edge research, ensuring our best opportunity for developing sustainable farming systems and practices and bringing innovative products to market.

Joint Food Science Facility

The Joint Food Science Facility based at Palmerston North will bring together food science capability from Riddet Institute partners, AgResearch and Massey University, in a new purpose built food science facility on Massey University grounds. This new joint facility will bring together leading expertise in food composition, structure and digestion, food processing and preparation, and human health and nutrition, including notably world-leading capability in gastrointestinal biology.

It is anticipated that this co-location of food science talent will provide the food industry with direct access to world class scientists and innovators in one location, and form a strengthened focal point for food science in New Zealand.