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Genomics Aotearoa is an agile, leading-edge and collaborative platform, established to ensure that New Zealand is internationally participating and leading in the rapidly developing fields of genomics (the study of the genome, the complete set of genetic material present in a cell or organism) and bioinformatics (the development of methods and software tools for understanding the biological data derived from genomics). 

Genomics Aotearoa (GA) is an alliance of nine partners:

  • Universities - Auckland, Massey, Otago, Waikato, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington 
  • Crown Research Institutes - AgResearch, ESR, Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

It also has over 30 associate members - organisations that are researchers or end users of genomics and bioinformatics.

GA is undertaking a suite of nationally significant research activities supporting New Zealand’s economic, environmental and social wellbeing.  

It has established national collaborations in health, environment and primary production, and has funded projects across these three key research themes. The projects are underpinned by the development of a national genomics data repository and bioinformatics analytics.