Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Biodiversity and Biosecurity Innovation

New Zealand has a unique flora and fauna which evolved in isolation until human settlement only c.750 years ago. Introduced species now cause major threats to native biodiversity and there is an urgent need for research to understand and mitigate these threats.

The Biodiversity and Biosecurity Innovation theme has been established to highlight and grow existing capability, foster the latent innovation within it, and create stronger links and a focus point for the important and complementary fields of biodiversity and biosecurity.

The high quality of the New Zealand environment and the special character of its biota are vital advantages to the New Zealand economy and key components of the New Zealand brand globally. As a result, New Zealand has considerable interests and investments in biodiversity and biosecurity through businesses, government and non-government agencies, iwi, research organisations, and community activities. These interests and investments focus on outcomes in three areas:

  • To discover and conserve the diversity, distribution, characteristics and values of organisms and ecosystems.
  • To combat the threats and reduce the costs posed by invasive species.
  • To ensure that New Zealand does not gain new biological invaders that would be potentially damaging to the economy and environment.

New Zealand is recognised internationally as a world leader in biosecurity and biodiversity research and of the innovation and business that spring from that expertise. A significant component of this research capability is located at the Tāmaki Innovation Campus.

The School of Biological Sciences and School of Environment form the academic core of this theme, and work in close collaboration with the following groups based on the campus:

The objectives of the Biodiversity and Biosecurity Innovation theme are:

  • Develop a knowledge-driven core of biodiversity expertise, supporting conservation and providing information and diagnostic services.
  • Deliver improved biosecurity outcomes for New Zealand including the development of new, smarter control tools.
  • Innovate new products and services through translational research from biodiversity and biosecurity knowledge.
  • Develop greater integration and links with regional and national government agencies, and commercial interests in biodiversity and biosecurity.
  • Increase postgraduate income to the University through introducing new taught postgraduate courses and attracting new postgraduate students.
  • Attract high-profile international visitors to work with the Biodiversity and Biosecurity Innovation theme.