Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Funder Collaborators Duration
NZ Government See https://ourlandandwater.nz/about-us/our-key-collaborators 8 years 0 months
Start date: 26 Jan 2016
End date: 26 Jan 2024
 High country from Lyndon Road near Lake Coleridge. Image: Bradley White

The Challenge aims to preserve the most fundamental treasures of our country – our land, water and associated ecosystems – while producing value from those same treasures

The Challenge is hosted by AgResearch, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research contributes to a wide range of projects. This list focuses on the soils-related activities:

Whenua Life Values
An online tool to assist Māori agribusiness in making strategic decisions within a kaupapa Māori framework
Duration: December 2017 – August 2019
Lead MWLR scientist: Shaun Awatere

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Mauri Whenua Ora
Summary: Unlocking the potential of Māori land by advancing new production systems and market opportunities, using a mātauranga-centred framework.
Duration: July 2016 – December 2019
Lead MWLR scientist: Garth Harmsworth

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Cascade of Soil Erosion
Summary: Developing sediment models to enable land managers, water users, communities and iwi to set sediment-related water quality targets.
Duration: January 2017 – December 2018
Lead MWLR scientist: Simon Vale

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Innovative Agricultural Microbiomes
Summary: Understanding and manipulating interactions between soil, plant and animal microbiomes to improve water quality and sustainable pastoral productivity.
Duration: July 2017 – April 2020
Lead MWLR scientist: Gwen Grelet

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Benign Denitrification in Groundwaters
Summary: Developing a cost-effective technique to assess denitrification processes and end products in shallow groundwaters.
Duration: January 2017 – January 2020
Lead MWLR scientist: Andrew McMillan

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Interoperable Modelling
Summary: Designing an open source modelling system to assess productivity potential and water quality contaminant dynamics at farm and catchment scales.
Duration: February 2017 – April 2020
Lead MWLR scientist: Alex Herzig

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Land Use Suitability
Summary: Land use suitability tools and assessment processes for increasing land use diversity and delivering better community outcomes.
Duration June 2016 – December 2019
Lead MWLR scientist: Paul Mudge

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Sources and Flows
Summary: Managing contaminant pathways and attenuation to create headroom for productive land use.
Duration: October 2016 – December 2019
Lead MWLR scientist: Les Basher

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About the Challenges

The 11 National Science Challenges focus science investment on issues that matter to all New Zealanders. The National Science Challenges are cross-disciplinary, mission-led programmes designed to tackle New Zealand’s biggest science-based challenges. They require collaboration between researchers from universities and other academic institutions, Crown Research Institutes, businesses and non-government organisations to achieve their objectives.


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https://ourlandandwater.nz/