About Us

The BioHeritage Challenge, Ngā Koiora Tuku Iko, aims to protect and manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms. 


We’re doing this by focusing research happening across Aotearoa’s land-based and freshwater ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of reversing the decline of biological heritage.


The BioHeritage Challenge is striving to achieve three aspirational goals, or impacts via a collective impact approach. By working toward these Impacts – whakamanatiakiwhakahou (empower, protect, restore) – our 18 Challenge Parties and many other participants will:

  • incentivise New Zealanders to take action to protect the landscapes in which we live, work, and play
  • help develop a world-class biosecurity system
  • ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand has resilient, thriving natural and production ecosystems.

Leading the BioHeritage Challenge are co-directors Dr Andrea Byrom and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt. Stay up-to-date by following us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The Government has allocated funding of $326.4 million over 10 years for 11 National Science Challenges, with the investment being administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Find out more


Our Mission

To reverse the decline of New Zealand’s biological heritage, through a national partnership to deliver a step-change in research innovation, globally leading technologies and community and sector action.

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