Think pieces

  • Kea, Murchison Mountains, Fiordland. Image - James Reardon

    Kea, Murchison Mountains, Fiordland. Image - James Reardon

Campbell, D. I. 2017. Assessment of the ecohydrological functioning of the Otakairangi Wetland, Northland. Environmental Research Institute Report No. 92. Client report prepared for the Department of Conservation. Environmental Research Institute, Faculty of Science and Engineering, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. 41 p.

Dalziel, P., and P. E. Hulme. 2016. A socioeconomic research plan for evaluating possible interventions in New Zealand’s biosecurity networks. Research Report No. 338, prepared for the Biological Heritage, Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho National Science Challenge, Lincoln University: Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit.

Hudson, M. 2016. SING-Aotearoa: summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics. University of Waikato workshop report. 21 p.  

  • SING − Aotearoa is a residential programme that provides participants with knowledge and experience in genomic research. The programme is open to Māori wanting to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with genomic research, including technical, cultural and ethical issues. This initiative started in 2016 through a Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund project led by the University of Waikato. The BioHeritage Challenge, and the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge provided co-funding to establish the programme which has now run for three consecutive years and has developed an on-going exchange with a similar programme for Indigenous students in the USA. Three cohorts of university students and community members now have new skills in curating biological samples, DNA sequencing, computer analysis, biostatistics, and understanding cultural and ethical scenarios. SING – Aotearoa alumni are taking up scholarship opportunities and working collaboratively with genomic researchers on Vision Matauranga related projects across the country. Funding for an additional seven years has been secured through the newly established Genomics Aotearoa platform. New partnerships with entities including Plant & Food Research and the Maurice Wilkins Centre of Research Excellence will give alumni exposure to other genomics-related conferences  and events.

Kannemeyer, R. L. 2018. A systematic literature review of attitudes to pest control methods in New Zealand. Contract report LC2789 prepared by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Mansell, J., R. Laking, B. Matheson, and R. Light. 2017. Data commons blueprint.

Singh, J., F. Curran-Cournane, N. Waipara, L. Schwendenmann, and G. Lear. 2017. Comparison of methods used to detect the organism responsible for kauri dieback, Phytophthora agathidicida, from soil samples. Technical Report 2017/019 for Auckland Council, New Zealand. 55 p.

Warburton, B., J. Ross, and L. McFarlane. 2017. Applied research to progress and support close-to-market pest control tools and their strategic application. Contract report LC3051 prepared by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

  • When the National Science Challenges were established, some research teams had contestable contracts ‘mapped’ into the Challenges, with little certainty that the research would continue. Investment signals were for Challenges to re-invest such funding in higher-risk research. In the BioHeritage Challenge, this resulted in a loss of funding in a critical area: pest control technologies. End-users expressed concern about the lack of support for improvements to currently available tools, which they depend on for the foreseeable future. To address this concern, we asked the research teams and stakeholders to review recently developed and closeto- market-tools, and identify key areas of research required to support their incremental improvement. The review was led by Mr Bruce Warburton at Manaaki Whenua, and Dr James Ross and Ms Lyne McFarlane from Lincoln University. The authors identifed gaps in current knowledge and clarified priority areas of research. The review focused on the three main predator species (possums, ship rats and stoats) encompassed by the Predator Free 2050 initiative. The authors identified 15 priority areas needing further research. The final priority list is now being vetted and ranked by stakeholders.

Wiser, S. K., P. Bellingham. 2017. Proceedings and conclusions of a workshop on biodiversity data sharing and sovereignty. Contract report LC2792 prepared by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Yletyinen, J., J. M. Tylianakis, P. Brown, and R. Pech. 2017. Planning for tipping points and enhancing resilience in production landscapes, Landcare Research Policy Brief, No.18.