New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) is a member of the Labosport group, an independent, world-class sports services organisation.

NZSTI is New Zealand’s only full-service sports turf consultancy group specialising in research, training and advice relating to design and management of natural and synthetic sports surfaces.

Founded in 1949, NZSTI is recognised as the “standard setting body” for turf maintenance and management. We provide independent, scientifically based advice on all aspects of sports and amenity turf planning, construction and maintenance.

The NZSTI’s dedicated Training and Education department provides training solutions to the turf and horticulture industries – both nationally, and internationally. NZSTI agronomists provide teaching and extension services at universities, polytechnics and ground managers’ field-days and seminars in New Zealand and throughout Asia. Almost every golf course superintendent in NZ is a graduate of the Institute’s National Sports Turf qualification!

NZSTI has five regional offices in New Zealand, including the national Turf Training Centre and Laboratory in Palmerston North.

Our clients include:

Local Government


Schools and Universities

Sports Stadia

Golf and Bowling Clubs

NZSTI is the Agronomy partner for NZ Golf and Bowls NZ.

NZSTI publishes the New Zealand Turf Management Journal, New Zealand’s only dedicated turf management publication. This has an international distribution while also achieving full coverage of the New Zealand turf industry.


The NZSTI staff are based in five regional offices throughout New Zealand.

Alex Glasgow

Sports Surfaces Solutions / Agronomist

David Howard

Senior Sports Surfaces Solutions Advisor / Agronomist

David Ormsby

Senior Sports Surfaces Solutions Advisor / Agronomist

Dr Andrew Mitchell

Research Manager & Agronomist

Brendan Hannan

Laboratory Manager & Agronomist

Chris Gribben

Sports Surfaces Solutions Advisor / Agronomist

Everett Darlington

Sports Surfaces Solutions Advisor / Agronomist

Tara McLeod

Teaching and Development Specialist

Lindsay Robertson

Training Solutions Manager

Jeanette Salmond

Training Coordinator

Angela Stratford

Learning and Assessment Developer

Amy Vine

Accounts & Office Administrator

Kelly Sauerman

Solutions Developer