New Zealand's biological heritage

The science programmes

Real-time biological heritage assessment

Creating solutions to allow biodiversity and biosecurity decision makers to have accurate, comprehensive information at their fingertips.

Reducing risks and threats across landscapes

Reducing rates of incursion or establishment by foreign invader species; improving efficacy of pest management by scaling-up control operations.

Enhancing and restoring resilient ecosystems

Enhancing and restoring the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems; preventing biodiversity loss, and mitigating the effects of global change.


The National Science Challenge, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage, has been created to protect and manage our native biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.

New Zealanders value highly our biological heritage – the natural, production and urban environments in which we live, work and recreate. These environments underpin our economy, particularly through primary industries and tourism, are integral to our sense of national identity, and have important cultural and recreational significance.

Elements of our environment are under increasing pressure.

With 17 partner organisations and input from dozens of other stakeholder entities, this National Science Challenge will transform the way that we as New Zealanders respond to that pressure.

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Predator Free 2050 Ltd board appointed

01 Dec 2016
Great to see Predator Free 2050 board announced! Looking forward to providing research strategy to make it happen.

The potential of gene-editing for conserving NZ’s biological heritage

17 Nov 2016
The Royal Society of NZ has issued an information paper on gene-editing techniques. The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, representing all 8 Universities and 7 Crown Research Institutes, welcomes this initiative.

Biological Heritage Update Issue 13, November 2016

07 Nov 2016
There is never a dull moment in Challenge-land! Here’s an update on where things are at in our Challenge.

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