University centres and institutes

Centre for e-Research


Formal category: University Centre

Hosted by: Faculty of Science

Established: 2009

Purpose: The Centre for eResearch provides access to high performance computing and research data services hosted by the Faculty of Science as part of the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI). As well as facilitating the research of others, eResearch is a broad and fast-growing field in its own right, covering aspects of high-performance grid and cluster computing including massive storage, emerging architectures and platforms, software engineering (e.g. grid middleware, web and grid services, workflow environments), computer-supported collaborative work such as virtual science technologies, co-laboratories, research social networks and virtual communities, computational semantics (e.g. ontologies and description languages, data interoperation and integration), support for domain-specific tools and services, and specific information science methodologies and engagement models. Indeed, there is often a need for deep engagement in particular research fields, in order to understand and meet their specialised needs.

Homepage: Centre for e-Research

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Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua


Formal category: University Centre

Hosted by: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Established: 2010

Purpose: The Centre will begin by housing the multi-disciplinary study 'Growing Up in New Zealand' and build from this core project. It will grow to provide a hub of statistical expertise in design, methodology and analyses of longitudinal research studies and the information they provide.

Last annual report: n/a

Homepage: Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua

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Institute for Earth Science and Engineering


Formal category: University Institute

Hosted by: Faculty of Engineering

Established: 2005

Purpose: The Centre focuses on earth science research and projects with industry, government, and other universities with specific interest in Earth Science and Engineering resources, hazards and the environment.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Institute for Earth Science and Engineering

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Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology


Formal category: University Institute

Hosted by: School of Biological Sciences

Established: 2006

Purpose: 'The IIB is New Zealand’s leading purpose-built bio-incubator facility. It provides biotech companies with direct access to the world-class expertise and resources of The University of Auckland so that they can cost-effectively accelerate their R&D.'

Homepage: Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology

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James Henare Māori Research Centre


Formal category: University Centre

Hosted by: Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori)

Established: 1993

Mission Statement: The James Henare Māori Research Centre was established in 1993 in response to appeals from representatives of the Māori people of the Tai Tokerau (Northland) region to the University of Auckland to address their research needs. The Centre aims to empower Maori communities in Taitokerau through research. It further aims to be the leading organization to carry out research concerning the social, cultural and economic well-being and advancement of Taitokerau people. Research results are provided to source communities with the aim to apply and implement research findings. Technical reports, publications and conference presentations are other ways for disseminating research results. See below for a list of major work carried out by the Centre between 1993-2008.

Last annual report: 2003

Homepage: James Henare Māori Research Centre

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National Institute for Health Innovation


Formal category: University Institute

Hosted by: School of Population Health

Established: 2011

Purpose: The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) exists to enable the best decisions to be made about the delivery of healthcare, the technology to support that care delivery, and the prevention and management of disease. NIHI provides the independent evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians, service planners, funders and policy makers to 'get it right'.

Homepage: National Institute of Health Innovation

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New Zealand Asia Institute


Formal category: University Institute

Hosted by: Faculty of Business and Economics

Established: 1995

Mission Statement: The New Zealand Asia Institute aims to develop graduates, knowledge and ideas that enhance New Zealand's understanding of, and ability to engage productively with, Asia.

Purpose: The New Zealand Asia Institute was set up as part of The University of Auckland's strategic plan for internationalisation, and as a response to the growing importance of Asia to New Zealand politically, economically and culturally. The Institute focuses on New Zealand engagement with Asia in a context of emerging regional (Asia-Pacific) trade architecture and community. As a University-level initiative, in order to further understanding of and engagement with Asia it has sought to build the University's leading national role in the study of Asia; strengthen cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary cooperation internally; establish and consolidate external networks and relationships. It will continue to provide a bridge to understanding and engaging with Asia.

Last annual report: 2010

Homepage: NZ Asia Institute

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New Zealand Leadership Institute


Formal category: University Institute

Hosted by: Faculty of Business and Economics

Established: 2004

Purpose: The Centre’s research focuses on leadership and identity, leadership in practice, perceptions of leadership, leadership development (theory and design), and leadership in government.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: New Zealand Leadership Institute

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Polymer Electronics Research Centre


Formal category: University Centre

Hosted by: Faculty of Science/Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences/Faculty of Engineering

Established: 2003

Purpose: The Centre’s research focuses on polymer electronics, biomedical applications of conducting polymers and nanomaterials, composite plastics for smart packaging and organic electronic devices.

Last annual report: 2008

Homepage: Polymer Electronics Research Centre

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