New Zealand-China Food Protection Network

The New Zealand-China Food Protection Network, begun in July 2016, is one of three China Research Collaboration Centres (CRCCs) funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. The Network is hosted by Massey University and involves nine research partners: AgResearch, Plant & Food Research, ESR, Cawthron Institute, Massey University, University of Otago, the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Scion.

The objectives of the New Zealand-China Food Protection Network are:

  • To strengthen connections and create new collaborations between leading organisations and individual scientists in New Zealand and China engaged in food safety and security research and policy-making
  • Create an enduring “super-network” comprising food sector-specific hubs that can collaborate and bid for international research funding in food safety and security
  • Complement and support the initiatives of wider government in both countries

We will achieve these objectives by:

  • Initiating a programme of scientist and postgraduate student exchanges
  • Running a programme of scientific meetings and cultural/relationship-building workshops
  • Providing seed funding for collaborative research projects
  • Developing a dedicated web-based communication platform