Almost a decade ago, eleven National Science Challenges were tasked with tackling the ‘big questions’ of Aotearoa. The mission of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, was and remains, to reverse the decline of New Zealand’s biological heritage. They have done this by pulling together some of the brightest minds from across the motu – from universities, Crown Research Institutes, mana whenua, community groups and industry.

They have contracted more than 40 programmes involving hundreds of people. These teams broke down research silos and joined together to demonstrate how their work can be led by Te Tiriti o Waitangi to get the best results for Aotearoa.

After 10 years of hard work and new, exciting approaches to research, you are invited to join them in celebrating how far they’ve come, what they’ve accomplished, and discuss what comes next.

Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu) will be the MC for this event and below are some of the keynote speakers (with more to come):

  • Dr Andrea Byrom
  • Professor Bruce Clarkson
  • Estelle Pura Pera-Leask (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Ruanui) NZOM
  • Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
  • Daniel Patrick

Lcoation: Oceania Room, Te Papa, Wellington

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New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

The BioHeritage Challenge is one of 11 National Science Challenges funded by MBIE.

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