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

29 May, 2017

Challenge Presentations at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Land Use and Water Quality

LuWQ2017 is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters.

Conference Website
1 July, 2017

Contestable Funding round projects begin

15 July, 2017

Vision Mātauranga hui to take place

We have a new Vision Mātauranga Think Piece and are
pleased to announce that a team from Massey University
have begun their research into Mātauranga Pūtaiao Māori
Science in Agribusiness.

A Hui will be held in July to test the research questions
generated from their proposal due in June.

Challenge partners