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GNS Science is New Zealand's geological survey with an applied earth science research focus yet without traditional government department accountabilities. As one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes established in 1992, GNS Science is owned by the New Zealand Government but has higher levels of self-determination, fiscal independence and impartiality than a government department. Securing competitive research funding and commissioned research is a business imperative and because of this the institute is able to respond and adapt to changing societal expectations. GNS Science can also influence outcomes based on its discretionary research investment. New Zealand's geological setting astride an active plate boundary attracts many international partners endeavouring to better understand geological processes in an accessible and logistically well-resourced natural laboratory. Partnerships like these substantially increase technological and financial resources and these enable diverse and often ambitious projects.

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