Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Landcare Research

Landcare Research is an important partner at the Tāmaki Campus and has developed a strong relationship with the School of Biological Sciences and the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity.

Landcare Research is New Zealand's foremost environmental research organisation specialising in sustainable management of land resources optimising primary production, enhancing biodiversity, increasing the resource efficiency of businesses, and conserving and restoring the natural assets of our communities.

Landcare Research’s Auckland base has been located at Tāmaki Campus since 2004 and has helped to enhance linkages with the University of Auckland through the School of Biological Sciences. In 2005, they jointly established the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity in recognition of their complementary research objectives, and have now established the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity.

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Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity


The Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity is an important collaboration between Landcare Research and the University of Auckland, through the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity. It offers postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake masters or PhD research to help maintain New Zealand’s terrestrial ecosystems and to enable our natural flora, fauna and fungi to flourish. Students are offered the combined resources and expertise of two of New Zealand’s leading research organisations in environmental science and ecology research.

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Landcare Research is the home to nationally significant insect, fungi and plant collections, including:

  • New Zealand Arthropod Collection which has over 6.5 million invertebrate species from New Zealand and its neighbouring Pacific Islands, and is recognised as a nationally important science asset.
  • International Collection of Micro-Organisms from Plants, a world renowned collection which has around 16,000 strains of bacteria and fungi from plants and soil held in a secure purpose built facility, and is vital to plant disease research and plant diagnosis.
  • New Zealand Fungal Herbarium, the world´s foremost collection of New Zealand fungi and one of the few sizeable collections of fungi in the Southern Hemisphere.

For more information about Landcare’s collections, visit the Landcare Research website


Sustainable Building

When Landcare Research re-located to Tāmaki, the opportunity was taken to construct an experimental science building which is used to explore opportunities for future sustainable construction in New Zealand. This includes reducing operational energy consumption, integrating urban water runoff and water supply and reducing waste outputs. The building is regarded as an archetype for achievable commercial building design performance in New Zealand.

The building incorporates many resource-efficient features as part of its commitment to operational sustainability. These include:

  • Composting toilets.
  • Recycled stormwater for toilet flushing and irrigation of gardens.
  • Contaminated (carpark) stormwater treatment on site using landscape features.
  • Solar-powered water heating.

A super-insulated envelope engulfs the building minimising heat transfer between the inside and exterior.

The Tāmaki Landcare Research building has been featured in a number of studies into its operational performance. While there have been some challenges in translating design intentions into operational success, researchers are using the experimental building to investigate how complex buildings such as this can best be managed while maintaining reduced energy consumption.



EcoGene® was established by Landcare Research in 2008 to cope with increasing demand for DNA-based diagnostic services around biodiversity and biosecurity. They are now Australasia’s leading provider of services which range from species identification to genotyping and mammal pest monitoring.

As New Zealand's only commercial wildlife forensics laboratory, they apply human forensic methodology to wildlife and have been involved in high profile, high interest cases. These have included investigating dog predation on kiwis, the origins of fur rugs being marketed as New Zealand fox, and the kiwifruit crisis which hit New Zealand in 2010.

EcoGene® provides DNA services and support to the Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo, the Department of Conservation’s centralised species recovery programmes, the Wildlife Enforcement Group, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, universities, and regional councils. In addition, EcoGene® supports clients in Australia and the Pacific.

Visit the EcoGene® website