Our People

The NZAGRC is staffed by a dedicated and enthusiastic team.

The NZAGRC Director, Operations Manager, Project Analyst, International Capability and Training Coordinator, and Administrator are employed by AgResearch on behalf of the NZAGRC, and are based in Palmerston North. The Deputy Director (International) and Operations Manager (International), also employed by AgResearch, are based in Wellington.  Read more about the NZAGRC staff

The NZAGRC team includes more than 50 highly motivated scientists and technical staff delivering high quality science. This team is led by 7 experts in their field providing science leadership and advice to the NZAGRC. Read more about the NZAGRC SLT 

The NZAGRC receives direction from its Steering Group who met quarterly and oversee the NZAGRC's performance against its strategic plan. Read more about the NZAGRC SG 

The NZAGRC receives expert advice on the relevance and quality of its research programme for the international and Maori communities. See more about our advisors page for more information.

Below are some profiles of Our People and the work they do. 

  • Further international recognition for Andy Reisinger

    19/10/17

    The NZAGRC’s Deputy Director (International), Dr Andy Reisinger, has been invited to join an international scientific advisory panel that aims to address sustainable agriculture, food security and the impacts of climate change. Dr Reisinger...

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  • Andy Reisinger

    01/03/17

    Dr Andy Reisinger, NZAGRC Deputy Director (International) Dr Andy Reisinger joined the NZAGRC team in November 2010 from the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, based at Victoria University of Wellington. Andy spent six years...

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  • Harry Clark

    01/03/17

    Dr Harry Clark MNZM, NZAGRC Director moved to New Zealand to study the impacts of climate change on pastoral agriculture after obtaining his PhD and working for MAFF in the United Kingdom.  Prior to leading the establishment of the...

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  • Heather Went

    01/03/17

    Dr Heather Went, NZAGRC Operations Manager joined the NZAGRC in March 2010 from her role as a Business Development Manager at AgResearch.  Heather has a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Cambridge University and worked in London for a...

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  • Kate Parlane

    01/03/17

    Kate Parlane, NZAGRC Project Analyst moved to the Manawatu and joined the NZAGRC at the end of March 2010 after working for the Wellington City Council in their Executive administration team and as an administrator for New Zealand's export...

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  • Laura Kearney

    01/03/17

    Laura Kearney joined the NZAGRC team in March 2017 as Operations Manager (International), following two years contracting part-time to NZAGRC. Laura has previously worked for the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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  • Sinead Leahy

    01/03/17

    Dr Sinead Leahy, NZAGRC International Capability and Training Coordinator Sinead joined us in October 2016 on secondment from AgResearch. Sinead supports the NZAGRC international team to deliver of its commitments outlined in...

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  • Tania Brown

    01/03/17

    Tania Brown, NZAGRC Administrator Tania Brown coordinates the NZAGRC Director's diary and external commitments including travel arrangements. Tania coordinates travel and bookings for all NZAGRC staff and provides...

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