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We are growing understanding of what it takes to transition to resilient, healthy and prosperous futures, and are developing tools to help

Science Theme Leader:

Dr James Turner, AgResearch

End User Theme Leader:

Dr Lian Butcher, Department of Conservation (DOC)

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For New Zealand to achieve its environmental goals, we need to quickly adopt new technology and provide incentives to help farmers and growers transition to the most sustainable land use and management practices.

Previously, it’s taken about 16 years to reach peak uptake of new research or technology. Capacity for Transition research aims to halve the time to adoption.

We are developing collaborative processes and planning tools for environmental decision-makers, so affected communities are fully included in decisions to develop transition pathways, decreasing ongoing conflict.

We aim to diagnose systemic barriers and co-design incentives to enable land-use change on a large scale.

Our work is increasing the capability of Our Land and Water scientists to collaborate and co-design research with industry, Māori and rural communities, changing the way we do science to accelerate uptake.

Capacity for Transition research is underpinned by the te āo Māori understanding that kaitiakitanga (collective guardianship) and shared responsibility is necessary for the long-term wellbeing of Papatūānuku (Earth).

OUR GOAL

We all see ourselves as having a guardianship role, proud of the way we have achieved the land and water outcomes we desired. We are using intergenerational business and land-use models that are underpinned by principles of kaitiakitanga.

Questions We’re Answering

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Can we grow urban and rural understanding about our complex land and water issues?

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How do we encourage kaitiakitanga, change and accountability in catchments?

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Can we change fast enough to be international leaders in sustainable food and fibre?

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What are the benefits of better connecting people to land, water and their primary products?

Our Research in Action

C4t 1 Community Meeting

Community participation in freshwater management decisions has been measured in catchments in the Waikato, Northland and Hawkes Bay regions. Researchers found that public perceptions of freshwater management decisions improved in the two catchments using collaborative planning processes (Northland and Waikato), and declined in the region where the collaborative process was not completed (Hawkes Bay). The survey will be repeated in 2019.

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Researchers tested the I2S (Integration and Implementation Science) Framework. When more elements of the I2S Framework were used, end-users found the results more usable, and the research was more effective. This evidence supports Our Land and Water’s commitment to transdisciplinary research and can help researchers.

Manuka flowers and native New Zealand bee

Working with 200 representatives of iwi and hapū in Taitokerau (Northland), the Mauri Whenua Ora research team generated maps and open databases to explore a micro-economy model called Pā to Plate. The Pā to Plate project aims to connect urban Māori to their marae and to share the value of the produce from their whenua, and as a result support regional development. The maps are being used by Amokura Iwi Consortium to direct land use decisions such as new plantings of totara and mānuka in Taitokerau.

C4t 4 Co Authors Crop

Research is starting to benefit from collaboration. Half of the journal publications submitted by Our Land and Water researchers had stakeholders as coauthors by mid-2018. Challenge-funded research programmes maintain an average of 5.3 collaborations.

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