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:

A delegation from the Chinese Consulate in Christchurch visited Dunedin in September 2022.

Established links were strengthened at the 3rd NZ-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Cooperation Forum, with calls made to increase forum frequency and expand the number of research teams invited to hear the world-class presentations from Aotearoa and Chinese researchers.

New evidence that people who have had COVID-19 have a 40% greater risk of developing diabetes compared with those who have not had COVID-19 was presented among dozens of potential research areas and confirmed collaborations discussed at a “strikingly” successful e-forum between top flight New Zealand and Chinese researchers.

In September, the NZFSSRC hosted an online workshop on 'Understanding the importance of smart packaging for consumer confidence, food safety and an improved supply chain'. The workshop was facilitated by NZFSSRC-funded PhD student Erin Young, Professor Phil Bremer, and Assoc. Prof.

The consumer drive to get rid of plastic, and consequent pressure on government and food manufacturers, was huge in 2019. It overshadowed by far the development of sustainable alternatives.

New Zealand China Food Protection Network commissioned standards and accreditation expert, Professor Pavel Castka, University of Canterbury, to design and lead a survey of companies and organisations involved in remote auditing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Zealand–China Non-Communicable Diseases Collaborative Research Centre (NCD CRCC) is a partnership of the three health and wellbeing National Science Challenges – A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well.

An impressive range of joint research projects between Chinese and New Zealand cancer, brain and modernisation of traditional medicine scientists may receive further support from the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC).

The Centre congratulates hardworking Lincoln intern, Yuwei Zhang, on her successful application for a NZ-China Food Protection Network for a PhD scholarship, strongly supported by Dr Stephen On at Lincoln University.

In December 2019, the China Scholarship Council’s (CSC) Secretary-General Mr Sheng Jianxue and his team Ms Meng Li, Deputy Director, Division of American and Oceanian Affairs and Mr Liu Binxin, Project officer, Division of American and Oceanian Affairs visited Dunedin to meet with NZ-China NCD Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) to discuss

The New Zealand – China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China National Center for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD) in December 2019.

Shanghai Science and Technology Commission (SSTC) recently granted a joint research project between the University of Otago and Shanghai Mental Health Centre.

Traditional Chinese medicine’s (TCM) potential to produce new pro-drugs targeting diseases such as cancer is being given a boost in one of several collaborations between University of Otago Pharmacy School researchers and their counterparts in China.

Over 60 New Zealand and Chinese health scientists gathered in Queenstown on 30 August - 1 September 2019 to advance their collaborative work studying the brain and illnesses such as stroke, Parkinson’s and dementia, and to explore potential collaborations for modernising traditional medicines.

Centre director, Nigel French, led a delegation of NZ scientists to attend a workshop and field trips in Hainan and Nanning, China, 12-15 March: Dr Thiagarajah Ramilan (Massey University), Dr Yun Duan (the Centre’s visiting scholar), Dr Melanie Davidson (Plant & Food Research), and Centre Manager, Wendy Newport-Smith.

MPI is a co-organiser of this conference, which focuses on milk quality improvement and innovation and collaboration in that area.

In May 2018, New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre (NZFSSRC) and Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) had signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of research and education.

In early October 2018 the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge co-Director Professor Parry Guilford, NCD CRCC Research Collaboration Manager Dr Hu Zhang and Cancer Research Fellow Donghui Zou were invited to the First Bethune Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China.

In June 2018 Eva Gaugler a researcher from Scion travelled to China as part of a scientist exchange funded by the New Zealand China Food Protection Network (NZCFPN). The aim of the scientist exchange was to establish a platform for ongoing knowledge exchange in the area of packaging food contact compliance.

Dr José Derraik, who was awarded The New Zealand‒China Non-communicable Diseases Emerging Researcher Travel Fellowship in January 2018, has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital at Zhejiang University School of Medicine (Hangzhou, China).

Jiaxian Zhang is the first recipient of a PhD Scholarship from the Joint Funding Programme between China Scholarship Council and New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (CSC-NCD CRCC Joint Funding Programme).

Here’s a way-of-the-future electronic brochure describing the aims and work of the NZ-China Food Protection Network.  You’ll find the 2.5 minute presentation easy to listen to and absorb.  It is in both Chinese and English. The storyboard was produced for the Network by Dr Petra Muellner, EPI-interactive.

At the beginning of February 2018 Professor Changying Hu from the College of Science and Engineering (Jinan University) visited New Zealand to take part in a scientist exchange funded by the New Zealand China Food Protection Network (NZCFPN).

It is a huge pleasure to announce that Nigel has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor, which is the highest honour Massey University can bestow on a member of its academic staff and reflects the importance it places on the work and achievement of the recipients.

Dr José Derraik of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has been awarded the inaugural NZ-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre emerging researcher travel fellowship.

In mid-December 2017, Professor Chris Bullen, Director of the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) and NIHI biostatistician Dr Yannan Jiang visited the Chinese city of Hangzhou, near Shanghai, to take part in the University of Auckland’s Initial ‘Ideas to Life’ conference.

Brief summary of recent highlights from NZCFPN-seed project:

‘Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial usage in New Zealand and China, with particular reference to the dairy value chain’

The New Zealand China Water Research Centre recently hosted a two day workshop at Lincoln University.

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.