Phase 2 Research
Our Land and Water’s first wave of of research for Phase 2 of the Challenge (2019–2024) has begun, with five major programmes underway:
- Land Use Opportunities: Whitiwhiti Ora
- Pohewa Pae Tawhiti (Visualising Horizons)
- Rewarding Sustainable Practices
- Register of Land Management Actions
- New Models of Collective Responsibility
Several working groups are in progress or have completed. Contact us for more information on these.
- Place-Based Pilots
- Enacting Te Mana O Te Wai
- Environmental Monitoring and Design (two working groups)
There are many projects still in development and yet to be developed, so there will be further opportunities for involvement over the coming months. Sign up to our newsletter for notification about opportunities.
Submitting a Research Proposal
If you would like to submit a research proposal, find the standard template below. We strongly recommend talking to us about your idea before completing the template.
Note that some request-for-proposal processes will vary from this template, so please use the specific proposal form when responding to RFPs. Find any current research opportunities, EoIs or RPFs on the Research Opportunities page.
Guide to Vision Mātauranga
The Guide to Vision Mātauranga was developed by the Rauika Māngai, an assembly of senior Māori representatives from across the National Science Challenges, for for the Aotearoa New Zealand science sector. It includes perspectives from Māori scientists, research leaders and programme managers.
Principles and Policies
The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge recognises that in negotiating the complex economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions of New Zealand’s land and water issues it needs to undertake its research in innovative and impactful ways. Our Challenge principles, criteria and expectations are intended to clarify our approach to science delivery.
Our 9 strategic areas, expected outputs and anticipated short-, medium- and long-term outcomes.
We have a Communications and Publications Policy for OLW researchers – please read if you're a current research team member.
We've also created a Dropbox containing useful communication resources including:
- Communications and media protocols
- OLW templates for posters and presentations
- Logos (OLW and partner organisations)
- Images you're free to use when presenting your research
How to Talk About the Future of Farming
The Workshop worked with OLW communications and researchers over 2020–21 to create a short strategic communication guide, ‘How to Talk about the Future of Farming’. This guide is for people in Our Land and Water (staff, researchers and collaborators) who want to talk effectively about the future of farming, and land-use change in particular, to the general public and farming communities who are interested in how people in farming can respond to the environmental challenges we all face.
Engaging with Agribusiness
KPMG prepared a report on Engaging Agribusiness for Our Land and Water in late 2020. The aim of the report is to help researchers amplify their research impact and increase knowledge uptake by businesses, industry bodies and Māori enterprise, via early engagement, delivery of actionable insights, useable resources and other initiatives. We encourage you to read the full report and think about how it relates to stakeholders in your research.
Engaging With Te Ao Māori
Most Our Land and Water research has the potential to be informed by a te ao Māori lens. The inclusion of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) can deepen our collective understanding of connections, interdependencies, and long-term intergenerational perspectives. Some resources that may help include:
- Te Arawhiti (The Office for Māori Crown Relations) provides excellent resources to encourage meaningful public sector engagement with Māori.
- Why and how to work in te ao Māori and with Māori organisations.
- A case study of community engagement in Our Land and Water research.
- He Puna Mātauranga o Te Tiriti (The Treaty Resource Centre) provides guidance and resources for community organisations engaging with the Treaty. The 'researchers' reflections' document (PDF) provides useful insights for genuine engagement, for Māori and tauiwi.
- Te Kāhui Māngai (Directory of Iwi and Māori Organisations) gives information on iwi identified in the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, and those iwi/hapū that have begun the process of negotiating settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.
- Inspiring Communities has a useful 6-page PDF with advice for tauiwi who are new to working with Māori organisations.