New Zealand’s leading materials and textiles testing lab

NZWTA has been in operation for over 50 years, with our heritage in wool testing. We are the leading and the largest testing house in New Zealand for the sampling, testing and certification of raw wools, with recent expansion into wider textiles and materials testing. As part of the larger AWTA group, NZWTA Wool Testing and Textiles and Materials Testing is part of an international network of aligned companies, offering greater scale and breadth of testing capabilities for our customers.

At NZWTA Textiles and Materials Testing, our independent textile testing laboratory helps importers, manufacturers and consumers assess and maintain the quality, value and safety of products and materials. Our exceptional technical expertise and testing capabilities, thorough and reliable service, guidance, and personal support sets us apart.

Mission and values

NZWTA Textiles and Material Testing is your trusted laboratory partner. Our standards are exceptionally high in all that we do: our technical expertise and quality of our results and data, our capabilities, our guidance, and support. We will consistently and reliably deliver on your testing requirements, to ensure all textiles, materials and products meet and maintain regulatory standards, specifications and expectations. We understand that many products are unique and have individual requirements that are sometimes hard to navigate. Our helpful and friendly team are here to work with you to always deliver exceptional and accurate outcomes.
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Global Reach

The NZWTA Textiles and Materials Testing network spans test houses and laboratories in New Zealand, Australia and China. We can test here in New Zealand, or we can facilitate testing in one of our trusted partner labs, with your samples from any region.

Our Team

NZWTA Board

Michael Jackson
AWTA Managing Director

Peter Walsh
AWTA Chief Financial Officer

Duane Knowles
NZWTA Chief Executive Officer

NZWTA Executive Team

Duane Knowles
NZWTA Chief Executive Officer

Christian Judan
Senior Textile Technologist

David Alexander
Customer Services Manager

Tom Ryan
Accounting Manager

David Wilkinson
Information Systems Manager

Richard Golder
Wool Laboratory Manager

NZWTA Textiles and Materials - Napier

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Chief Executive

Duane Knowles

M: +64 (0) 27 448 1646

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Senior Textile Technologist

Christian Judan

M: +64 6 833 5627

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Testing Officer – Textiles

Cathrine Marshall

P: +64 (6) 833 5627

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Testing Officer – Textiles

Maryse Mettam

P: +64 (6) 833 5627

NZWTA Textiles and Materials - Christchurch

Customer Relations/Technical Adviser –Textiles

Lorraine Greer

M: +64 (0) 27 457 2979

NZWTA Textiles and Materials - Support Team

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Customer Services Manager

David Alexander

M: +64 (0) 27 502 1757

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Accounting Manager

Tom Ryan

M: +64 (0) 27 498 8031

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Information Systems Administrator

David Wilkinson

M: +64 (0) 27 255 2557

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Customer Services

Crystal Rose Prowse

E: testing@nzwta.co.nz
P: +64 6 833 5627

Ownership

NZWTA is now wholly owned by the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), who are in turn industry-owned in Australia. AWTA are the largest testing organisation in the world for raw wool. As a consolidated group, AWTA comprises of 3 operating divisions in Australia (AWTA Raw Wool, AWTA Product Testing and Agrifood Technology), its wholly owned subsidiary NZWTA and its joint venture, JinAo Testing Company (China).

Associated Companies

AWTA Product Testing is an independent material testing, accredited to ISO 17025-2017 and to ISO 9001-2015. AWTA are capable of providing tests to a variety of local and international standards as required by the diverse client base.

AWTA Product Testing NATA Accreditation encompasses the five prime areas of retroreflection, flammability, chemical, thermal and mechanical testing which, when combined, covers 34 secondary areas of testing competence.

AWTA Ltd and the Jiangsu Inspection Corporation (JSIC) operate JinAo, located in Nanjing, China. JinAo is incorporated with the Industrial Product Testing Centre (IPTC) of CIQ Jiangsu. The laboratory provides a base for reputable and independent testing of products and raw materials.

Sampling, Testing and Certification for the Wool Industry

Independent materials testing and certification

Analytical testing provider to the grain, food and feed industries

Independent and objective wool certification services

Testing of Chinese products and imported raw materials

Accurate and rapid analysis of feed and fodder