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Our purpose

Science for our land and our future – Ko te pūtaiao mō tō tātou whenua, mō āpōpō

We are responsible for supporting New Zealand to develop a sustainable relationship with our land, through the delivery of exceptional science across a wide range of disciplines.

Our vision

Kia tupu matomato a Tāne, a Rongo, a Haumia-Tiketike
Let it be that the land and all its fruits may flourish.

Four ambitious goals

At Manaaki Whenua we have four main ambitions for our work. These ambitions are designed to present our science and research in an approachable and meaningful way, for all New Zealanders to engage with.

Statement of core purpose

Our Statement of Core Purpose (SCP), mandated by the Crown, is to drive innovation in New Zealand's management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources, to protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand's prosperity. Our SCP requires us to:

  • improve the measurement, management, and protection of New Zealand's terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, including those in the conservation estate.

  • achieve the sustainable use of land resources and their ecosystem services across catchments and sectors.
  • improve the measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases in the terrestrial biosphere.
  • increase the ability of New Zealand industries and organisations to develop within environmental limits and meet market and community requirements.