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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A conservation summit on Predator Free NZ 2050

08 Aug 2016
Andrea Byrom, James Russell and Peter McClelland talk about saving our native biodiversity by declaring war on predators and the importance of ‘social license’, community support, and their thoughts on what will be needed to make New Zealand predator-free.

Predator Free NZ - ambitious and under-funded

29 Jul 2016
Alison Ballance, Our Changing World, Thursday 28 July 2016. The Government’s has announced ambitous plans to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 - but how achievable is it?

War on wasps

26 Jul 2016
They don't just spoil our picnics, they kill native chicks. The warm weather is not helping to control their numbers.

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