13 June 2022
This Annual Report for 2021, is the first chapter of our story which conveys our purpose and direction. Bioprotection Aotearoa is a National Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) launched in July 2021. For the next eight years, we exist to train the next generation of bioprotection leaders to deliver pioneering, multi-disciplinary research that addresses the environmental challenges facing Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.
Our kaupapa (principles) is guided by a unique framework that incorporates both mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and science to understand the life forces that exist within and among our natural and productive ecosystems and their relationships with each other.
This framework supports a holistic approach to developing new and innovative solutions that protect our productive and natural landscapes from pathogens, pests and weeds in a warming climate. The outcomes support Aotearoa New Zealand to achieve intergenerational environmental sustainability.
This annual report is for people on the ground who are managing their lands, feeding communities and employing people within their rohe. This is for the people and organisations who are trying to make a difference in conservation. The message of our annual report conveys our philosophy to live through our values and connect with communities at the grassroots, so they may be empowered to act as kaitiaki of their whenua as we learn to adapt to climate change and manage biological incursions that are threatening our landscapes.
Bioprotection Aotearoa is well on its way to becoming a global leader in environmental sustainability. We invite you to follow our meaningful journey as we evolve as a national CoRE and progress our research literacy to support an environment with integrity, food security and resilience.
Professor Amanda Black
Director of Bioprotection Aotearoa
(Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Te Whānau ā Apanui)