Empowering Communities

Stewardship of Aotearoa’s biological heritage is everyone’s responsibility and we want to inspire people to take action.

Blending Māori knowledge with research for better results

Kaumātua- (elder) led research that puts Māori methods and mātauranga (knowledge) first is a key part of restoring Aotearoa New Zealand’s land and freshwater ecosystems.

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Farming & Nature Conservation

Biodiversity can help increase agro-ecosystem resilience, however we don’t know what’s required to support changes in on-farm biodiversity management.

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Flagship sites

To enhance community engagement and raise the profile of science, we support three flagship sites – areas that showcase to the public research done by our Challenge parties.

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Kauri Rescue: citizens combating kauri dieback

A community-led social science programme is bringing together communities to help save Aotearoa’s iconic kauri tree.

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Managing threats to freshwater taonga invertebrates

Management of non-native fish may be the answer to safeguarding freshwater taonga (treasured) species in our waterways.

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Mobile apps to keep New Zealand safe

A bilingual app that detects hosts of myrtle rust is the first in a suite of mobile technologies being planned to help New Zealanders report suspected biosecurity threats.

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Public perceptions of new pest control methods

One of the nation’s largest surveys on public attitudes toward new pest control technologies has shown that most New Zealanders support the need for pest control.

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Shining a light on New Zealand’s moths

New Zealand students now have the resources to find out a whole lot more about our 2,000 moth species.

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Using DNA to help threatened species survive environmental change

Researchers are collecting DNA information from some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most threatened species in an effort to make them more resilient to future environmental change.

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