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Partnering for impact.

This is the over-arching theme of Crazy & Ambitious 2 as a powerful line-up of inspirational speakers and panellists set the scene for a future we can all aspire to.

Dynamic and interactive, the symposium is split into three distinctive sections that reflect the priority areas in BioHeritage’s new strategy: Whakamana, tiaki and whakahou (Empower, protect and restore).

Within each session, you’ll hear from some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top environmental thought-leaders as they paint their vision for our future. There will also be panel discussions, live Q&As and quick-fire updates on the science and research being done across our 18 Challenge Parties.

2019 is an incredibly exciting time for the BioHeritage Challenge as we move into our second five-year phase – come along to be inspired and join the conversation about what lies ahead.


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Nau mai – welcome!

We are delighted to welcome you to our second symposium that promises to provoke, challenge and spark new conversations about the future of science in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Partnering for impact is central to everything we do at the BioHeritage Challenge. The big goals we have for Aotearoa’s environment will only happen through collaboration and partnerships. Come along to hear perspectives from industry, Māori, communities, NGOs, science, and national and local government. This is your opportunity to hear what they have to say, and to pose the burning questions you want answers to.

Hot topics include kauri dieback, whether Predator Free 2050 is a dream or reality, empowering communities to protect the environment, indigenous environmental concerns and the latest in freshwater restoration. View the high-level programme.

National Science Challenges are all about step-change science and this can only happen if we all partner for impact. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ngā mihi nui
Challenge Director Dr Andrea Byrom & Director Māori Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
Symposium Convenors