About the Challenge

  • Credit: ©John Doogan, All Rights Reserved.

    Credit: ©John Doogan, All Rights Reserved.

The BioHeritage Challenge, Ngā Koiora Tuku Iko, aims to protect and manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity, improve our biosecurity, and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms. 

We're doing this by focusing research happening across Aotearoa's land-based and freshwater ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of reversing the decline of biological heritage.

The BioHeritage Challenge is striving to achieve three aspirational goals, or impacts via a collective impact approach. By working toward these Impacts – whakamana, tiaki, whakahou (empower, protect, restore) – our 18 Challenge Parties and many other participants will:

  • incentivise New Zealanders to take action to protect the landscapes in which we live, work, and play
  • help develop a world-class biosecurity system
  • ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand has resilient, thriving natural and production ecosystems.

Leading the BioHeritage Challenge are co-directors Dr Andrea Byrom and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Government has allocated funding of $326.4 million over 10 years for 11 National Science Challenges, with the investment being administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Find out more


To reverse the decline of New Zealand’s biological heritage, through a national partnership to deliver a step-change in research innovation, globally leading technologies and community and sector action.


  • reverse the decline of biological heritage
  • blend traditional knowledge with modern research
  • reconnect people with nature
  • create thriving ecosystems
  • leave a legacy for future generations.
Our Strategy

What is the the Challenge going to look like in the future? We are currently running a consultation…

Parties & Affiliates

Hosted by Crown Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, BioHeritage is a partnership between 18 organisations.…

Our People

The Challenge is supported and guided by the Governance Group and Science Leadership Group along with three advisory…

Vision Mātauranga

Mātauranga Māori is a strategic priority for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. The Challenge acknowledges its…

Our Values

We worked with our Kāhui Māori to identify the values that have become a part of our Challenge…

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