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

Phase 2 Research

There are several projects in development that don't yet appear on our website. Please contact us if you would like to know more about upcoming research. 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.

Programme Logic

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

Communications Resources

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:


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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