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GNS Science

GNS Science (Māori: Te Pū Ao) is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute. It focuses on geology, geophysics (including seismology and volcanology), and nuclear science (particularly ion-beam technologies, isotope science and carbon dating).

GNS Science was known as the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences from 1992 to 2005. Originally part of the

  • GNS Science
  • GeoNet Hazards Monitoring Network

External links

  1. ^ [4], Crown Research Institutes Act 1992.
  2. ^ [5], GeoNet Hazards Monitoring Network.
  3. ^ [6], GNS Science Annual Report 2012.


GNS Science is based in Avalon, Lower Hutt with facilities in Gracefield, Dunedin and Wairakei.

As well as undertaking basic research, and operating the national geological hazards monitoring network,[2] GNS Science is employed, both in New Zealand and overseas, by various private groups (notably energy companies), as well as central and local government agencies, to provide scientific advice and information.[3]

As part of that process, GNS Science was semi-commercialised, and now operates as a government-owned company rather than as a government department. This change led to greater autonomy, accompanied by greater emphasis on financial viability. This is essential in the corporate environment, especially for the purchase and maintenance of research equipment and infrastructure, because the New Zealand public science funding system doesn't normally provide grants for these purposes. [1]

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