Productive landscapes occupy almost 50% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s land area and are the engine room of the economy. However, our productive landscapes are under significant stress from established pathogens, pests, and weeds and will face an array of additional threats in this warming climate.

Reactive responses to tackle individual invasions as they arise are no longer sufficient, nor is it sustainable. Bioprotection Aotearoa adopts a fundamental shift in thinking, where our research focuses on strategies that aim to increase the resilience and resistance of productive ecosystems against a broad cross-section of abiotic and biotic threats.

The key to the success of our research is that it spans biophysical and socioeconomic sciences within a framework that explicitly adopts cultural values into all aspects of research. Our research is unified under an indigenous values framework, Taiao.

Pou 1


Piercer of the heavens

Learn more about Titirangi

Pou 2


The heartbeat of the whare

Learn more about Poutokomanawa

Pou 3


Shifting throughout the heavens

Learn more about Nuku-a-rangi

Recloaking Papatūānuku

Recloaking Papatūānuku

Mānuka me te kānuka

Learn more about Recloaking Papatūānuku