AgResearch is pressing on with plans to downsize its staff at Hamilton's Ruakura campus, revising the number of jobs it wants to move to other parts of the country to 174 down from 180.
It means 98 people will retain their jobs at Ruakura in AgResearch's $100 million campus relocation plan, six more than originally proposed in July when the idea was first mooted by chief executive Tom Richardson.
The new-look Ruakura campus will focus on on-farm and environmental science.
He said the revised plan involved the relocation of up to 250 roles from different campuses, but nothing was planned before 2016.
"Our overall principle of having a large campus within each of the agriculture innovation hubs at Palmerston North and Lincoln and having our Ruakura and Invermay campuses focusing on regional environmental and farm systems needs remains central to our thinking."
Dr Richardson said there was ample time for discussion around the new proposal.
"Our current plans, we believe, do maximise national benefit and both the executive team and the board are very comfortable with our current plan," he said.
"In one particular area related to our animal science work, discussion has moved forward with one of the universities to co-operate very closely in that area. Based on those discussions it actually means some staff will be retained at Ruakura that were previous proposed to move to our Lincoln site.
"We've been meeting with folks in both Waikato and the Otago region around our current plan and will continue to work with them around the opportunities for their regional campuses."
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