Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has opened Plant & Food Research’s new laboratories in Auckland this week after a lengthy redevelopment project.
The Mt Albert Research Centre is the largest of Plant & Food Research’s New Zealand sites.
Over the past four years, the seven-storey Hamilton Building – the largest building on the site – and several other buildings have undergone significant redevelopment to ensure Plant & Food Research can continue to deliver high-quality science for the country’s plant and marine-based food industries.
“This redevelopment has been a huge project, but the result – the new high-quality, purpose-built facilities - will allow us to deliver more and better science for our partners and New Zealand,” says David Hughes, chief executive of Plant & Food Research.
“Through a combination of fundamental and applied science, much of which has connections to our Mt Albert Research Centre, we will deliver a smart, green future for our industries, for New Zealand and the world.”
More than 350 workers are based at the centre.
Watch the full interview with David Hughes above.