National Taxonomic Collections in New Zealand

A Royal Society of New Zealand’s expert panel has undertaken a review of New Zealand’s taxonomic collections. The resulting report brings together a wide range of inter-disciplinary evidence about the current state and future potential of New Zealand’s taxonomic collections.

The report is calling for more resources and a coordinated approach to safeguard and grow New Zealand’s taxonomic collections which are intrinsic to supporting sectors of New Zealand life from economic growth to human health. 

To preserve and build our taxonomic collections we must invest in core infrastructure, support collaboration and provide long term professional development and job security.

National Taxonomic Collections in New Zealand Expert Panel

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is how we understand New Zealand’s living things, allowing us to identify native and non-native species as well as pests, weeds and toxic organisms.
Learn about the process of taxonomy.

What are the benefits of taxonomy to New Zealand?

Taxonomic knowledge underpins New Zealand’s economic, environmental, social and cultural fabric.
Learn more about the benefits of taxonomy in New Zealand. 

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