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The Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) is New Zealand's national metrology institute, ensuring that New Zealand's units of measurement are consistent with the International System of Units, the SI.

We employ 40 scientists, technicians and engineers based at Callaghan Innovation in Gracefield, Lower Hutt.

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NZ Measurement System

Information about the New Zealand Measurement System.

Official New Zealand Time

The Measurement Standards Laboratory maintains Official New Zealand Time

What we do

What we do

Our Mission - To accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth and enhance well-being through access to world-class measurement standards and advice.

MSL is New Zealand’s official measurement standards body that underpins regulatory compliance and international trade.

We carry out research to improve the SI and to solve measurement problems in industry and government. We play a key role ensuring international recognition of New Zealand’s National Measurement System, which is essential for New Zealand’s ongoing international trade.

Services we provide

Consultancy: we can help you solve your measurement R&D problems.

Calibration: we provide the most accurate calibration service in the country for a wide range of instruments and artefacts.

Training: we offer measurement training courses in Auckland and Wellington, or arrange an on-site tailored course to suit your business needs.

Our Vision

New Zealand’s measurement infrastructure is nationally and internationally relevant, recognised, and respected.

MSL ensures measurement, testing, and analysis meet the needs of government, industry, trading partners, and the New Zealand public.

New Zealand’s measurement system is founded on science-led systems and standards.

Find out more from our Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Brief history

MSL was formed in 1992 as part of Industrial Research Limited, a government-owned research company, which is now part of Callaghan Innovation.

The scientific capability of MSL dates back further to the formation of the Physical Testing Laboratory in 1939 with a first legislated authority for primary standards in 1945.

Strategic plan

Our Five Year Strategic Plan explains MSL’s role in the New Zealand economy and how we intend to achieve our vision for a high-quality measurement system that meets the needs of government, industry, trading partners, and the New Zealand public.

Read our Strategic Plan