Why the Challenge?

Our Land and Water – Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai – National Science Challenge aim is to enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations.

The way we use and manage our land and water will be transformed by: greater value in global markets; innovative resilient land and water use and collaborative capacity. These drivers, along with research to connect them, form the three themes Challenge research will address.

The Māori title is “Toitu te Whenua, Toiora te Wai”. Toitu te Whenua – let the permanence of land remain intact; Toiora te Wai – let water abound. The title is an adaption of the Māori proverb, “toitū te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata” – land is permanent while people come and go.

The Nexus

Our Land and Water — Key Dates

10 November, 2017

Maori Science and Knowledge Systems successful proposals to be announced

The Our Land and Water, Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai, National Science Challenge is called for proposals which were submitted in September 2017.

We had an overwhelming response to this call for proposals. Proposals are currently being assessed and successful proposals will be announced in November.

Request for Proposal document and template
4-5 April, 2018

Our Land and Water Symposium 2018

Our Land and Water's 2018 Symposium will be held in Wellington over two days (4-5 April).

Details to come

Challenge partners