China Research Collaboration Centres

New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres are an initiative of the New Zealand Government to coordinate and maximise collaboration opportunities with China across the priority themes of food safety and security, water research and non-communicable diseases, for the benefit of New Zealand’s science.

The New Zealand-China Food Protection Network is hosted by Massey University, in partnership with AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, ESR, Scion, the Cawthron Institute, the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, and Auckland University of Technology.

The New Zealand – China Water Research Centre is hosted by Lincoln University, in partnership with AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research, Lincoln Agritech, and The University of Otago.

The New Zealand – China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre is hosted by the University of Otago, and is a partnership between the three health and wellbeing National Science Challenges – A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well.

China Research Collaboration Centres News:


The NZ-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) recently signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with four leading Chinese research institutions - highlighting the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers.

An immediate outcome of the Centre’s visit to China in April was the arrangement for food scientist Dr Lishui Chen to spend a year at NZFSSRC in Palmerston North. Lishui arrived in July. His travel is funded by the NZ China Food Protection Network, and salary paid by his employer COFCO, China’s largest food processor, manufacturer and marketer.

Scion and Otago University joined forces and combined their respective expertise in packaging and consumer perception to establish new relationships with Chinese packaging researchers and manufacturers.

Gout is one of the most common types of inflammatory arthritis caused by the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in and around the joints. Genetic factors play a leading role in gout but it is also affected by environmental factors such as diet.

A delegation of leading New Zealand scientists visited China from 15-19 May for a week of productive discussions about how the two countries can collaborate on research to improve human health.

We have become painfully aware of the astonishing amount of food waste.  Between 30 and 50%!  Think of those browning other-half avocados, the last few slices of mouldy bread, the left over spinach quietly turning to slime in the bottom of the chiller, the mad ill-considered dashes around the supermarket after work.  And then there is the past use-by-date food necessarily jettisoned by restaurants and supermarkets.  None of these businesses want to waste food.  Why would they throw money in the bin?  It’s just hard to perfectly anticipate demand. 

It was a busy first year for members of the NZ-China Water Research Centre who undertook two scoping visits to China.

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today opened New Zealand’s first innovation institute in Hangzhou, China, a key step towards developing stronger research links with Chinese researchers.

A delegation from the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC) has completed a whirlwind and highly productive 3-day visit to New Zealand to develop stronger scientific links between the two countries.

The New Zealand-China NCD Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) has joined forces with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and three New Zealand Universities to launch a PhD scholarship scheme for Chinese students interested in undertaking research on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

A small team of cardiovascular disease (CVD) researchers from New Zealand ended their summer holidays early to head to Shanghai in a wintry northern hemisphere January. 

A delegation from the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM) visited Dunedin in November 2016 as a mark of the vibrant sister-city relationship between the two cities.

The health and wellbeing National Science Challenges will collaborate in a new Centre to enhance linkages between New Zealand and China for research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

A new partnership involving nine New Zealand research organisations has been awarded $1.25 million in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Lincoln University has been named by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce as one of three successful applicants to host a New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centre, receiving a total of $1.25 million worth of funding over five years.