Into the Future
AgResearch’s four-campus model is designed to balance our national and regional science priorities and safeguard our status as a vibrant attractor of science talent and partner co-location.
We have approximately 700 staff located at campuses in Palmerston North, Lincoln – currently being modernised, Ruakura and Invermay.
Our new Palmerston North building, based at Massey University, is due to be completed in March 2020 and is called “Te Ohu Rangahau Kai” which translates to mean “a co-operative community of food researchers”.
Scientists there will focus on food research and food safety with our Riddet Institute and Food HQ partners (Massey University, Plant and Food Research and Fonterra) and support the New Zealand Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
Te Ohu Rangahau Kai features new 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.
Our Palmerston North and Lincoln national science facilities bring together science capability internally and across the sector, allowing for a more effective and collaborative approach to tackling national science issues.
Further south we are planning to build a new education, science and innovation precinct at Lincoln. The independently owned and built facility will be located on the Lincoln University campus and be jointly used with the tertiary education provider and our private sector collaborators. It will capture all the same co-location benefits Te Ohu Rangahau Kai will for the food sector but with a land-based science focus. A completion date is still to be determined.
Our campuses at Ruakura (Hamilton) and Invermay (Dunedin) will continue to make strong and strategic contributions to achieve our Science Plan objectives. Ruakura researchers will focus on land-use and environmental issues in the upper North Island including water quality centred on the Waikato River, regional biosecurity, dairy food systems, and iwi interests in niche dairy (sheep and goat).
At our Invermay campus, we will focus on regionally important research into land-use and environmental issues in Otago and Southland including water quality issues associated with recent dairy intensification. Invermay-based scientists and farm staff will also support the Southern Dairy Hub (a partnership between AgResearch, DairyNZ and the dairy sector).