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

1 December, 2017

Our Land and Water Latest News Update released

In this issue we give you our Chief Scientist update, we highlight one of our research papers’ that was recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality and we share some of the stories that the Challenge has featured in in recent media.

December 2017 - Newsletter
5 December, 2017

Regional Councils Stakeholder Workshop

Regional Council stakeholder workshop to be held in Wellington to discuss future Challenge research and the information needs of Regional Councils around the country

4-5 April, 2018

Our Land and Water Symposium 2018

Our Land and Water invites you to our 2018 symposium - The Way Forward, Te Arā Whakamua.

The symposium will be held on Wednesday the 4th and Thursday the 5th of April in Wellington.

This event provides an opportunity for us all to discuss the key results from the Challenge so far and to think ahead about what land and water science we should do in the future.

RSVP for the Our Land and Water 2018 Symposium

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