About Us

Lincoln Hub has grown from the idea that to meet the challenge of sustainable production for the future, the agricultural sector will need to innovate and create new ways of doing things.

Our Shareholders

The Lincoln Hub has five Founding Shareholders committed to fulfilling the vision.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, offering qualifications from certificates through to PhD. The University has two campuses in the South Island of New Zealand, and is home to approximately 3500 students. Founded in 1878 as an agricultural college, Lincoln University now specialises in broader land-based teaching and research centred around the three global challenges, to: Feed the World, Protect the Future, and Live Well.


AgResearch’s vision is to drive prosperity by transforming agriculture. They do this by partnering with the pastoral sector to identify the innovation that is needed and delivering their collective expertise to create value for New Zealand. AgResearch’s work spans the science spectrum, from discovery science through to the development of food products for world consumers, and delivers billions of dollars in economic benefits.

Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute with a goal of driving innovation in the management of New Zealand’s terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand’s prosperity.

Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand science company delivering research and development designed to grow competitive advantage for clients in the horticulture, wine, cropping, seafood and associated high value food sectors worldwide. The company has over 650 specialist research staff based in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, as well as global relationships with leading R&D companies and academic institutions.


DairyNZ is the industry organisation representing New Zealand’s dairy farmers. DairyNZ’s purpose is to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming. They invest dairy farmers’ money into a wide range of programmes, guided by the dairy industry strategy for sustainable dairy farming. DairyNZ’s work includes research and development to create practical on-farm tools, leading on-farm adoption of good practice farming, promoting careers in dairying and advocating for farmers with central and regional government.

Kā puna karikari o Rākaihautū

The springs dug by Rākaihautū

Our name, Lincoln Hub He Puna Karikari derives from a Waitaha and Ngāi Tahu oral tradition about an ancestor Rākaihautū. Translated literally he puna karikari means a rippling spring.

Rākaihautū is credited with bringing the first people, Waitaha, to the South Island. Landing at Whakatū (Nelson) Rākaihautū travelled by land southward. Along the way he used his digging stick Tūwhakaroria to dig the many lakes and waterways. Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and Wairewa (Lake Forsyth) were the last two lakes he formed.

The puna (springs) of Rākaihautū are symbols of the deep wells of knowledge, the regeneration of ancient knowledge and the birth of new knowledge. When Rākaihautū dug into Papatūānuku, mother earth, he released her knowledge to the world of light. Her knowledge of land, water and natural resources.

The word karikari means to dig or cultivate. By releasing Papatūānuku’s knowledge, Rākaihautū provided a landscape ripe for cultivation and testing of new boundaries.

The phrase ‘kā puna karikari o Rākaihautū’ appears in the original manuscripts of the Waitaha people. It refers to the springs or lakes created by Rākaihautū. He Puna Karikari, the name given to the Lincoln Hub by Te Taumutu Rūnanga, is a variation of this original phrase.

He Puna Karikari is a metaphor for exploration, cultivation and leadership.

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