Jobs are being cut at the Crown research institute, Landcare Research.
Landcare Research, which specialises in land, soil and biodiversity science, is planning to axe 11 positions.
The agency would not say exactly what jobs are going but Radio New Zealand understands they are science positions and most are from its head office in Christchurch.
Landcare said the job cuts are in areas where demand for research has been falling.
It said at the same time it was introducing 12 new roles in areas where there is growing demand, such as water reform and research for the National Science Challenges.
Chief executive Dr Richard Gordon said the changes were important in keeping the agency and its work relevant and attracting the skilled people it needs.