The Maurice Wilkins Centre is a national Centre of Research Excellence, hosted by the University of Auckland.


  • The University of Auckland (host)
  • University of Otago
  • University of Canterbury
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Waikato
  • Massey University
  • Callaghan Innovation Limited
  • Plant and Food Research
  • AgResearch
  • Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • The Institute of Environmental Science and Research

National network

The Maurice Wilkins Centre draws together 24 principal investigators, more than 240 associate investigators, over 240 affiliate investigators, and 29 clinical associates, primarily from its collaborating institutions and also from other research institutions and medical organisations.

The Centre is also working to build a comprehensive network against human disease, extending from the wider medical profession through to commerical partners who can apply and add value to its scientific discoveries. Its goal is to ensure that the Centre's science addresses New Zealand needs and can be used commercially by local businesses.

Regional research centre partnerships with Māori healthcare providers

The Maurice Wilkins Centre has partnered with the Moko Foundation in Kaitaia and with Ngāti Porou Hauora to establish research centres based in Kaitaia in the Muriwhenua region of Northland and Te Puia Springs in Tairāwhiti, respectively.

These centres fit with the Vision Mātauranga principles and aim to directly involve Māori-led health delivery organisations in the centre’s research plans. The initial focus of these centres will be on understanding the basis for the increased risks of metabolic diseases in Māori people and the implications this has for treatment.