Mātauranga Māori

We believe it’s essential to blend Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with modern research methods when restoring Aotearoa’s ecosystems.

Blending mātauranga Māori with Western science 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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Genetic and genomic technologies

While the BioHeritage Challenge does not invest directly in gene editing (GE) research, our investments in genetic and genomic technologies…

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Integrated Surveillance

A hapū-centric surveillance framework that focuses on the holistic health of the forest.

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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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Oranga (wellbeing)

Mātauranga Māori based solutions for kauri dieback and myrtle rust

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Predicting and preventing ecosystem decline

Researchers are developing a framework to help predict and prevent the approach of rapid, harmful and difficult-to-reverse changes in ecosystems.

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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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Recovering degraded waterways

Researchers are using freshwater systems as a model to test how degraded ecosystems can be resistant to disruptions – including upsets that aim to restore them.

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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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Stopping kauri dieback in its tracks

Selected native plant extracts may be able to attract and kill the spores of Phytophthora agathidicida – the pathogen causing kauri dieback, according to researchers.

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Taking a bio-cultural approach to restoring Aotearoa’s biodiversity

Researchers are investigating how applying kaitiakitanga (Māori guardianship) approaches help to reverse the decline of biodiversity, and support the link between Māori communities and the environment.

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Taking the sting out of the common wasp

Large-scale eradication may be in store for the humble wasp – a species responsible for one of the worst pest problems in Aotearoa.

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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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Whakawātea riha rāwaho

Traditional Māori knowledge and cultural solutions may be the key to combating the serious fungal disease myrtle rust.

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