Science and MPI

Science is critical to our work and key to achieving our vision that New Zealand will be the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.

Using high-quality scientific evidence and advice

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is a major funder, user, and generator of world-class science and research. We use high-quality scientific evidence and expert advice to inform policy development, regulations, and decision-making.

Science in action at MPI

The depth and breadth of our science is huge. We have experts handling science issues in food safety, biosecurity, fisheries, animal health and welfare, agriculture and forestry, and climate change.

Protecting New Zealand from threats

We look for pests and diseases that might be a threat to Aotearoa's primary industries. Our Animal Health Laboratory processes about 37,000 diagnostic tests a year. Staff in our plant health labs identify 1000 plant diseases and 6000 bugs a year.

Find out about our labs

Ensuring sustainable fisheries

Our science tells us which New Zealand fish stocks are in good shape and which need protecting.

Annual report on the status of New Zealand fisheries

Caring for the welfare of animals

The policies we promote for the humane treatment of animals are underpinned by strong scientific evidence.

Animal welfare

Working for New Zealanders

Our scientists are also involved in many other activities like:

  • making sure the food we eat won't make us sick
  • researching how to reduce on-farm emissions of greenhouse gases
  • protecting natural resources through programmes such as Kauri Dieback.

Total Diet Study

Ag Matters

Kauri Dieback Programme

Working internationally

We are also an active player internationally, contributing to the world of science and new discoveries. This includes contributing to international bodies such as Codex, which coordinates international food safety standards, and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.


Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

Who to contact

If you have questions about science and MPI, email

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