Experts in New Zealand are calling for the establishment of a Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to better prepare the country for future pandemics. They argue that a CDC would enhance the science capacity needed to respond to pandemics and manage infectious diseases. Many other countries already have CDC-like organizations responsible for surveillance, laboratory testing, outbreak response, and workforce training. New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 was successful but costly and disruptive, and a dedicated CDC could provide a more efficient and less disruptive approach. Additionally, a national CDC would enable New Zealand to contribute to global efforts in combating pandemics and sharing expertise internationally.