Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Our organisation

Jamie Wood in the Ancient DNA section of the new Palaeoecology Suite. Image - Tom Fraser

Tier 1 to Tier 3 staff. Image - Tom Fraser

We strive for a collaborative high-performing culture that is supported by a stimulating working environment. The pursuit of new knowledge and innovative research is supported by strategic investment in high performance computing facilities (such as NeSI) and new infrastructure such as specialist laboratory facilities. We are mindful of our responsibilities for ensuring that important national science assets (such as our biological collections) are well protected and managed. We continue our strong focus on collaborative partnerships with other research agencies to pool capabilities and provide shared access to research infrastructure, high investment facilities and national science assets.

We are part of several pan-CRI initiatives to improve staff engagement, workforce planning, and recruitment processes. In procurement, we make significant use of All-of-Government contracts, pan-CRI contracts and syndicated contracts to broker excellent service-and-supply contracts, greater IT benefits, and more sustainable options for both procurement and waste management.

Landcare Research is committed to good employer practices, including the highest standards of well-being and safety of our staff, and equal employment opportunities for all regardless of role, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or (dis)ability. Similarly, we remain committed to best practice in reducing the environmental impacts of our operational activities. Details are reported on our sustainability web pages, which cover the seven elements required by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, set high standards for our environmental performance, discuss ethics and social issues, and identify Māori values for sustainability reporting:

Website: Our sustainability progess

Certifications and partnerships

We have externally-verified:

  • ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management system and practices
  • Tertiary accreditation (the highest level) in the Accident Compensation Commission’s programme for Workplace Safety Management Practices
  • carboNZero certification of our carbon-neutrality

We are members of:

  • The EEO Trust
  • BusinessNZ and the Sustainable Business Council (SBC), including CEO membership of the Executive Committee of SBC
  • The Sustainable Business Network
  • The New Zealand Green Building Council

We are supporters of:

  • The Public Service Association’s Partnerships for Quality
  • The Mainstream Programme (Ministry of Social Development)
  • Workbridge


Our operations are subject to a broad range of legislation covering environmental, good employer (including EEO and H&S), human rights, ethical and financial issues. There were no material instances of non-compliance in 2012/13.