Centre of Research Excellence

Universities in Partnership

The Riddet Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), one of ten currently funded by the New Zealand government (Tertiary Education Commission). It brings together New Zealand’s leading scientists in food and nutrition in a collaborative, multidisciplinary national network. The Riddet Institute CoRE is a partnership between Massey University (host institution), the University of Otago, The University of Auckland, AgResearch and Plant & Food Research. The Institute thus unites leading scientists and key elements of New Zealand's resources in food and related sciences and is a catalyst for innovation to create sustained competitive advantage for New Zealand's food industry.

The Institute is governed by a Board and led Director, Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh. The Director is supported by an executive Institute Management Group and by the Research Leadership Group made up of nominated CoRE Investigators. The research programme is regularly reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Panel made up of international experts.

Scientific staff are located at the Institute headquarters, on Massey University's Palmerston North campus, and in Partner institutions throughout New Zealand and overseas.

The focus of the Riddet Institute CoRE research programme is the effect of food structure on digestion and health.You can find out more about the research we do here. The Institute also links to other research programmes from discovery to near-market.