Priority research investment: Māori-led research

There is an urgent need to develop and enhance understanding of the human dimensions of forest health management.


Social-ecological systems are a crucial element in the long-term preservation of our taonga species and ecosystems, so our aim is to build on existing relationships and research to develop expertise in this space.

This priority investment will look at how we can incorporate mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into the protection of both kauri and Myrtaceae trees, while increasing the holistic resilience of the forest ecosystem.

Members of the NRT scoping group are currently reaching out to communities and researchers who may already be doing work of relevance to this investment.

If you are interested in knowing more or getting involved, email the NRT co-leaders (maureen.ocallaghan@agresearch.co.nz; nick.waipara@plantandfood.co.nz) or get in touch with the Challenge Support Team (support@biologicalheritage.nz).

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