About Us

Driven by the needs of researchers for high-performance productivity, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) designs, builds, and operates a specialised platform of shared high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure and a range of eResearch services.

NeSI’s Collaborators – the University of Auckland, NIWA, the University of Otago, and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research – play an essential role in this national platform by investing in the infrastructure, employing NeSI team members at their institutions, and enabling NeSI to connect with and respond to the evolving needs of research communities.

Together with the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), NeSI and its Collaborators ensure computational research projects in New Zealand are backed by the power and support necessary to make them a reality.


Logos of the University of Auckland, NIWA, University of Otago, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, and MBIE


Supporting New Zealand resilience and capabilities

A core aspect of NeSI’s purpose is to identify the New Zealand research sector HPC and eResearch needs and to make national infrastructure investments that lead to improved science outcomes and downstream benefits to New Zealand society. As the New Zealand research sector looks to answer national science imperatives across institutional boundaries, NeSI seeks to build national capability in running and optimising use of HPC and eResearch infrastructure.

Now more than ever, collaboration is key to maintaining a progressive and sustainable research ecosystem. As a collaboration itself, NeSI welcomes such partnerships - whakawhanaungatanga, our work building shared understanding helps us connect with a research community’s aspirations and goals. Together, we can then respond to their needs - be it related to computational power, data management, computational thinking, or other advanced digital research capabilities - and better equip their researchers to deliver new and valuable insights in their fields at local and global scales. 






The power behind researchers

All researchers in New Zealand have access to NeSI’s specialised HPC resources, including tailored software environments and data management services, and skills training in computational research tools and approaches. By using NeSI, researchers across a wide range of communities and disciplines are able to tackle large or highly complicated problems and to investigate scientific challenges that were previously impossible.

Icons for NeSI's four core services: HPC & data analytics, Data services, Consultancy, Training


Visit our Services sections for more details on the ways we're supporting New Zealand research communities through:


An infographic showing NeSI's shared infrastructure - two HPC platforms (Maui and Mahuika), shared storage, and data transfer capabilities.


Our Structure

To meet our Team, Board, and Research Reference Group, visit our Who We Are page.

National Team

NeSI is powered by a multi-disciplinary team who are employed across the country at NeSI Collaborator institutions to accelerate research outcomes across New Zealand.


NeSI's Board of Directors is comprised of an independent Chair, an independent member representing the research sector at large, and three Directors appointed by NeSI’s four collaborator institutions.

Expert Advice

NeSI’s Research Reference Group comprises of nine research community leaders with strong technical knowledge on the impact of eScience as an enabler of research.


A map showing the location of NeSI Team members (Dunedin, Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland) and data centres (Wellington and Auckland)


Our Background

NeSI is an unincorporated body, with investment from New Zealand universities, Crown Research Institutes and the Crown, through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The investors are the University of Auckland, NIWA, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, the University of Otago, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Legally, the University of Auckland engages in contracts on behalf of the members.

Read more about our background including our original Investment Case and most recent Business Case.