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

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Science Theme Leader

Helen Percy – AgResearch

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. Pathways to 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.

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

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Our Goal

New options and pathways to enhance te Taiao are being explored by land stewards and organisation in the agri-food and fibre system.

Pathways to Transition Projects

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Ngā Tai-o-Rongo

Revitalising ancestral knowledge systems to provide a pathway for Māori landowners to work with the environment, rather than on the environment.
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Lessons from Our Land and Water

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge journey to a Tiriti-led science partnership: the lived experience and the lessons learned
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Synthesis Scenarios for Future Land Use

Steering land use change to meet water quality targets, through the synthesis of Our Land and Water research
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The Collaboration Lab

The Collaboration Lab

Determining the role of collaboration in transforming management of land and water
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Trust and Social Licence

Investigating the importance of trust and approval by the community of the primary sector’s practices, and the connection to productivity and sustainable growth in New…
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Rural Professionals Fund 2021–22

There were 12 successful projects in the second funding round for the Our Land and Water Rural Professionals Fund.
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Implementing Te Mana o Te Wai

Supporting iwi, hapū, water users, and decision-makers to understand and implement policy that prioritises Te Mana o te Wai
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Revitalise Te Taiao

Place-based research to develop evidence-based examples of how agribusinesses and communities can make enduring changes in land use, management, value chains, and market focus to…
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Pūhoro STEMM Academy

Our Land and Water is a primary sponsor of the Pūhoro STEMM Academy, a mentoring and support programme for Māori high school students.
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