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The scientific and technical sector

Wellington is a hub for science and technology making it the perfect location for world-class research and development. Our businesses and highly skilled workforce collaborate on cutting-edge research every day.

Scientific and tech innovation

Wellington supports innovation and a there are a range of institutions producing world-leading science and technology business outcomes across the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, biomedical, natural hazards, advanced materials, nanotechnology, superconductors, social sciences and environmental sciences sectors.

Our workforce is also the perfect fit for science and technology businesses with the most highly educated workforce in the country as well as a skilled labour surplus readily available. Around 47% of the workforce is engaged in knowledge intensive industries.


Commercial opportunities 

Wellington is home to world-leading science and research institutions and government organisations designed to support commercialisation of this sector. The New Zealand government actively supports research and development through a wealth of business grants.

Investors will find existing world-leading IP and the opportunity for investment in commercialisation. For science businesses, top quality research services are available, and the supportive environment in which to make your business work. Many world-class companies have grown from Wellington based research.

A logical location

There are a number of factors that make Wellington the ideal location for scientific and technical innovation, including:

All of this means that Wellington is a logical place to locate a business operating in the science and technology sector, to find a partner organisation to take forward research critical to the future trajectory of your business, and to find potential science and technology investments.   

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