Our Land and Water NSC Hui - Maori Science and Knowledge Systems

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Our Land and Water, National Science Challenge is holding a hui to refine the research question, “What is the unique contribution that Māori science and knowledge systems can make to the attainment of the challenge mission?”

The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge has a mission “To enhance primary sector production and productivity while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations”.

The Challenge has commissioned a think-piece to act as part of an evidence base from which more refined questions and a request for proposals (RfP) can be generated. 

Funds available for the RfP will be $500,000 for use up to 30 June 2019.  The think-piece “Enhancing Māori agribusiness through kaitiakitanga tools” is attached and is available on our website at this link.

We invite science providers and stakeholders who: have knowledge and expertise in this area; bring relevance to ensure the refined question will enable the Challenge to achieve its mission; and can work in a collaborative manner. You will be expected to make yourself familiar with the think piece and bring other evidence that you may wish to share that will assist in framing research questions.  Given the limited number of spaces available we request no more than two people attend from each organisation.

Expected workshop outputs:

  • Material to guide research questions for potential inclusion in an RfP or other mechanism;
  • Criteria for prioritising the research questions and assessing proposals.


Our Land and Water, National Science Challenge Hui

Time: 10 am – 2.30pm

Date: Wednesday 16 August

Scion - Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park

Rimu Room, 49 Sala St, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua


Please click on this link to register - Register for Our Land and Water Hui.  Registrations close on 9 August.


The Challenge Directorate is committed to an open and collaborative environment to discuss ideas and helping the right people attend. To help achieve this the Challenge will provide up to $500 per person, on production of receipts, to cover travel costs (limited to the first 30 respondents).


If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via this e-mail address.


Ngā mihi nui

The Our Land and Water team