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A perspective on Te Ao Māori and regenerative agriculture – Tangata ahu whenua: nurturing our landscapes

This report provides an overview on te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) and regenerative agriculture. Although alignment has been suggested by many across all agricultural…
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SedNetNZ, SLUI and contaminant generation. Part 2: Nitrogen, phosphorus and E. coli

Horizons Regional Council (HRC) requested Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (MWLR) to update SedNetNZ for the HRC region and use the results to assess the…
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Establishing perennial ground cover species, as a management practice to suppress weeds in a pipfruit orchard's “weed spray strip”

Can low-growing, perennial plants be established as a ground cover in pipfruit orchards, as a replacement for a traditional ‘weed spray strip’ management practice? In…
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Summer salads for hill country cattle

As climate variability increases, farmers need resilient summer forage crops. With pasture quality falling during mid- and late-summer this project explored mixed-species, single-graze forage crops…
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Quantifying the extent of anthropogenic eutrophication of lakes at a national scale

Quantifying environmental changes relative to ecosystem reference conditions (baseline or natural states) can inform assessment of anthropogenic impacts and the development of restoration targets. We…
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Project Summary: Facilitating Farmer Economic Understanding of Alternative Land Uses

This article summarises the results of a Rural Professionals Fund project that aimed to investigate the challenges faced by landowners when they seek to diversify…
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The Value Project

The Value Project website explores how Aotearoa New Zealand can generate greater returns from sustainable production.The website captures case studies, videos and researcher insights from…
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Preparing interdisciplinary leadership for a sustainable future

Urgent sustainability challenges require effective leadership for inter- and trans-disciplinary (ITD) institutions. Based on the diverse experiences of 20 ITD institutional leaders and specific case…
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