• Engagement:
    What can we do
    together?

    Visiting Zealandia.

    Photo: Zealandia

  • Detect and eradicate:
    zero impacts from
    biosecurity incursions

    Monitoring apple orchards. Image © Plant & Food Research

    Monitoring apple orchards. Image © Plant & Food Research

  • Eliminate threats:
    weeds, pests, mammal
    predators, and pathogens

    Pest control monitoring

    Pest control monitoring. Photo: Zealandia

  • Protect and restore:
    secure threatened species
    and resilient ecosystems

    Honeybee on clover.

    Honeybee on clover.

  • Track our progress:
    a bioheritage scorecard
    for Aotearoa

    Kiwi

    Kiwi

  • Restore healthy freshwater:
    wai taonga and
    mahinga kai

    Kereru at Zealandia. Credit - Brendan Doran

    Kereru at Zealandia. Credit - Brendan Doran

About New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

Our National Science Challenge aims to enhance and restore New Zealand’s land-based and freshwater ecosystems – on the conservation estate or in private ownership – by deepening our understanding of which species we have, and seeking science-based solutions to dealing with threats: pest animals and insects, weeds, pathogens, and climate change. We consolidate and focus research happening in these areas across New Zealand.

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We aim to give biodiversity and biosecurity decision makers up to date, sufficiently accurate, information of what we’ve got, where, including introduced species...

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New Zealand is highly vulnerable to invasive pests, weeds and diseases. Recently, the PSA bacterium decimated our kiwifruit production, costing growers and the country millions...

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The work of Programmes 1 and 2 feeds into this programme, which focuses on whole ecosystems – preventing irreversible loss and identifying the critical tipping points that affect them...

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