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Researchers working with Our Land and Water may find these general resources useful reference materials

Phase 2 Research

Five lines of enquiry have been identified as Our Land and Water’s first wave of of research for Phase 2 of the Challenge (2019–2024). These were chosen because they have the potential to rapidly progress the Challenge mission.

  • Land Use Suitability (phase 2)
  • Pohewa Pae Tawhiti / Visualising Horizons
  • Rewarding Sustainable Practise
  • Sustainable Land Management Record
  • New Models of Collective Responsibility

These lines of enquiry respond to 5 of Our Land and Water’s 9 strategic areas and will contribute to 7 of 24+ activity areas planned over the next 5 years. There are many projects yet to be developed, so there will be further opportunities for involvement over the next 5 years.

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Principles and Criteria

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.

Programme Logic

Our 9 strategic areas, expected outputs and anticipated short-, medium- and long-term outcomes.

Strategic Areas

Easy-to-read diagram of our 9 strategic areas, for reference and presentations.

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:


Our Land and Water currently uses Smartsheet to collate reporting information from research projects. Here are some tips for getting started using Smartsheet.

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