Aligned research

People, cities & nature Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato

Community planting at Hamilton's Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.Image - Catherine Kirby
Community planting at Hamilton's Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.Image - Catherine Kirby

This MBIE Endeavour programme is undertaking internationally leading research focused on urban nature and the benefits of connecting urban New Zealanders to their biological heritage. The programme seeks to improve the quality of life, health and economic wellbeing in New Zealand's cities and towns through advanced understanding of urban ecology and the creation of flourishing natural environments.

Six teams based at the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, Otago University and Manaaki Whenua focus on different, but inter-related, subject areas: plantings, lizards, predators, Māori values, green space benefits, and cross-sector alliances.