Cawthron Institute

A history of science

POI is an independent entity initiated by the Cawthron Institute (Cawthron). Cawthron is a community owned, independent research organisation that has been in operation for over 90 years.  Cawthron specialises primarily in the health of freshwater and marine ecosystems.

POI's business model is based on that of Cawthron’s - minimal administrative overhead and financed by funders with an interest in outcomes that directly address end user needs.  

Thomas Cawthron, founder of the Cawthron Institute. Photo:  Nelson Provincial Museum FN Jones collection