About Scion

At Scion, we believe the power of forests can transform the way we live.

Through science, research, and innovation, we work across sectors with industry, government, and iwi to help lead New Zealand’s transition to a circular bioeconomy and achieve a net-zero 2050 and beyond.

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We are impact-driven organisation focused on delivering positive environmental, social and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

As a Crown Research Institute (CRI) for forestry in New Zealand, our purpose is mandated by the Crown:

“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 outcomes for New Zealand.”

For more than 75 years, we have led research that creates resilient planted forests, productive timber industries and sustainable product solutions.

Our vision: prosperity from trees. Mai i te ngahere oranga.

Our mission: Enhancing New Zealand’s prosperity, wellbeing and environment through trees. Kia piki te ora, te taiao me te whai rawa o Aotearoa mā te ngāherehere.