The 11 National Science Challenges are cross-disciplinary, mission-led programmes designed to tackle New Zealand’s biggest science-based challenges. They require collaboration between researchers from universities and other academic institutions, Crown Research Institutes, businesses and non-government organisations to achieve their objectives.
A Better Start — E Tipu e Rea
Launched in February 2016 and hosted by the University of Auckland, A Better Start aims to improve the potential for young New Zealanders to have healthy and successful lives. It will include leading experts in researching improved methods and tools to predict, prevent and treat obesity, and identifying and addressing learning and mental health problems in children and teenagers.
Deborah Baker – Senior Communincations & Marketing Advisor
Phone: +64 27 359 0296
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Ageing Well — Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga
The Ageing Well challenge is researching how to sustain health and well-being as people age, enabling all New Zealanders to reach their full potential into the later years of life. Research includes work to optimise brain and body health, reduce disability and moderate the impact of age-related illness such as dementia, stroke, depression and frailty.
Rebecca Richardson – Communications Manager
Phone: +64 21 279 1514
Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities — Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora
Improving the quality and supply of housing are main priorities for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities challenge, as well as creating smart and attractive urban environments. The work will take place in broader research that can be used by the building sector, householders, regulators, building owners and communities.
Healthier Lives — He Oranga Hauora
Hosted by the University of Otago, the Healthier Lives challenge is undertaking innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems. It will tackle cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity with the aim of reducing the overall health burden.
Cherie Stayner – Science Communicator
Phone: +64 3 470 9102
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
High-Value Nutrition — Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga
Through innovative science, the High-Value Nutrition challenge seeks to turn New Zealand’s food and beverage industry into an exporter of high-value foods with scientifically-proven health benefits.
New Zealand’s Biological Heritage — Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho
With the aim of reversing the decline of biological heritage, the Landcare Research-hosted challenge includes research to reduce rates of incursion or establishment of foreign invader species and enhance and restore the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems.
Stacey Bryan – Science Communicator
Phone: +64 27 310 0751
Our Land and Water — Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai
The Our Land and Water challenge aims to enhance the production and productivity of New Zealand’s primary sector while maintaining and improving the quality of the country’s land and water for future generations. This research will transform the way New Zealand uses and manages its land and water, through gaining greater value from global markets, innovative resilient land and water use, and building collaborative capacity.
Annabel McAleer – Senior Communications Advisor
Phone: +64 3 321 8846 Mobile: +64 21 480 533
Resilience to Nature’s Challenges — Kia manawaroa – Ngā Ākina o Te Ao Tūroa
The mission of the Resilience Challenge is to accelerate Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural hazard resilience through innovative, collaborative science. We bring together interdisciplinary teams of researchers from organisations across the country to deepen our understanding of natural hazards and create new tools to build our resilience.
Caitlin Carew – Science Communications Adviser
Phone: +64 21 310 944
Science for Technological Innovation — Kia kotahi mai – Te Ao Pūtaiao me Te Ao Hangarau
He hiringa hangarau, he oranga tangata
Innovation in technology for the benefit of people
Hosted by Callaghan Innovation, the SFTI challenge has a mission to enhance the capacity of Aotearoa-New Zealand to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth and prosperity.
Georgie Wiles – Senior Advisor Insights, Communications and Influence
Phone: +64 27 315 3517
Sustainable Seas — Ko ngā moana whakauka
Our mission is to transform Aotearoa’s ability to enhance our marine economy, and to improve decision-making and the health of our seas, through ecosystem-based management (EBM). The Sustainable Seas challenge brings together more than 220 scientists, social scientists, economists, and experts in mātauranga Māori and policy from more than 30 organisations across New Zealand.
Robin Wilkinson – Communications Manager
Phone: +64 27 282 6125
Laura Dooney – Communications Advisor
Sophie Sparrow – Communications Advisor
The Deep South — Te Kōmata o Te Tonga
The Deep South challenge is working to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining New Zealand’s future climate.
Alex Keeble – Senior Communications Advisor
Phone: +64 27 807 8443