Our Land and Water | Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge aims to enhance the production and productivity of New Zealand’s primary sector, while maintaining and improving the quality of the country’s land and water for future generations.

national science challenges our land and water

Launched: 26 January 2016

Funding: Up to $96.9 million over 10 years

Host: AgResearch

Summary

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge aims to enhance the production and productivity of New Zealand’s primary sector, while maintaining and improving the quality of the country’s land and water for future generations.

The way New Zealand uses and manages its land and water will be transformed by Challenge research on gaining greater value from global markets, innovative resilient land and water use, and building collaborative capacity.

These drivers, along with research to connect them, form the themes that focus the Challenge’s multi-disciplinary approach that includes research expertise from a wide range of organisations.

Challenge objective

To enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations.

Title translation

Toitū te whenua - let the permanence of land remain intact
Toiora te Wai - let water abound

An adaption of the Māori proverb, “toitū te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata” (land is permanent while people come and go)

Listen to the Māori title [MP3, 193 KB]

Collaboration partners

  • Institute of Environmental Science Research (ESR)
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS)
  • Landcare Research
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • Plant and Food Research
  • Scion
  • University of Waikato
  • Auckland University
  • Massey University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lincoln Agritech
  • University of Otago.