This document is in two parts. Part 1 is the “Regional Council Special Interest Group Research Priorities” report. The report summarises the key critical issues and research needs identified by thirteen of the Regional Council Special Interests Groups. The issues and needs were initially identified at a Futures Workshop in November 2010 and then slightly revised into their current form. They provide detail that complements the high level Regional Council Research, Science & Technology Strategy, which is currently in final draft form (as of June 2011). The Regional Council Special Interest Group Research Priorities report will be updated as priorities change.