Scion (Crown Research Institute)

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Agency overview
Formed 1947
Preceding agency
Headquarters 49 Sala Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Employees 280[1]
Agency executives
  • Dr Warren Parker, CEO
  • Tony Nowell, Chairman

Scion, officially registered as New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited,[2] is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute with its primary areas of research, science and technology development being in the areas of forestry, wood products, wood-derived materials and other biomaterials sectors.


It originated in 1947 as part of the New Zealand Forest Service, and became a Crown Research Institute in its own right in 1992 under the name New Zealand Forest Research Institute. In 2005 the new trading name Scion was launched. The name scion is a metaphor, which according to the organisation's website, means that "All parts of the Scion organisation share the same DNA, or the forestry legacy, that was established as part of the original Forest Research Institute."[3]


Scion employs approximately 280 full-time equivalent staff, with its principal campus the main part of the Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park in Rotorua. It also has an office on the campus of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch with 23 staff, as well as smaller offices in Auckland and Dunedin. Scion’s purpose is to drive innovation and growth from New Zealand’s forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors, to create economic value and contribute to beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.


  1. ^ "Scion :: About Scion". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  2. ^ "View All Details". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  3. ^ "What's in a Name?". Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 

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