Ngā Whainga – Our Goals

Impact infographic

BioHeritage Challenge partners are tackling some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s biggest environmental challenges, taking a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to achieve national-scale impacts and benefits.

The figure above is a visual representation of what we refer to as the innovation pathway. It encompasses all stages of effort, from the generation of new ideas to the achievement of impacts. It also allows for a diversity of contributions from a range of individuals and institutions.  

We’re focused on achieving impacts in three areas, with impacts being aspirational goals that will leave a legacy for New Zealand’s land- and freshwater-based ecosystems over a 20- to 30-year timeframe. 

Our three big goals:

Sitting beneath these impacts are seven Strategic Outcomes – large, cohesive, interconnected portfolios of collective effort – that are designed to provide the pathways to impact.

To ensure an integrated and collective approach to achieving the impacts, our Strategic Outcomes are jointly designed by Māori, communities, industry and end-user agencies.  

Leverage points are a key focus for Challenge investment. Our investments are also designed to build interconnections among individuals, organisations and knowledge holders along the innovation pathway for each Strategic Objective.


Whakamana ∙ Empower

One of our goals is to empower New Zealanders so they value our biological heritage, understand how it…

Tiaki ∙ Protect

We’re striving to create better ways of protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural, urban and production environments – a…

Whakahou ∙ Restore

We want to help create resilient and thriving ecosystems that New Zealanders are proud of – so they’re…

Aligned Research

Each year the 17 Challenge Parties provide information on research within their organisation that they identify as aligned…

Te Tira Whakamātaki Māori Biosecurity Network

Te Tira Whakamātaki, the Māori Biosecurity Network is a network of Māori scientists (plant pathologists, soil chemists, biosecurity officers,…


The Challenge is committed to achieving transformational environmental change, the recognition of the role of Māori as leaders…

Research Opportunities

Great student opportunity for the right candidate. In this space we will advertise any student projects offered by…

Intermediate Outcomes

In 2015 the Challenge stakeholders and Kāhui Māori identified several Intermediate Outcomes – tangible impacts on New Zealand’s biological heritage they want to result from research.

New Zealand’s future relies on our biological heritage. This Challenge will ensure that New Zealanders have the knowledge, tools and technologies to better protect our primary production-based economy, precious native flora and fauna, and unique environments for future generations.