Scion (Crown Research Institute)

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Agency overview
Formed 1947
Preceding agency
Headquarters 49 Sala Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Employees 320[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's employs approximately 320 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 22 staff, as well as smaller offices in Auckland and Wellington. Also near Rotorua, Scion maintains a large area of research-forestry.


Each year the Institute awards the Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship to a Year 13 school leaver from one of the five Rotorua secondary schools.[4] The winner must be female and intending to study a science-based qualification at a New Zealand university. The scholarship is worth $2000 (NZD) and also carries with it summer work for the duration of the winner's undergraduate degree course.[5]


  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. 
  4. ^ "Scion :: Applications open for Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ Alison King 8th Oct 2010 4:00 PM (2010-10-08). "Scion scholarship for right young female science buff". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 

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