Tāpui Aotearoa is exploring how to protect the unique animal species of Aotearoa New Zealand through banking their genetic diversity.

Cryobanks, or frozen zoos are in use throughout the world to support conservation efforts for endangered species. Tāpui Aotearoa is working alongside iwi to establish how this might work effectively in New Zealand.

NEXT is committed to two years research into cryobanking along with other founding partners The Department of Conservation, New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, and Genomics Aotearoa.

Read media release here

Tāpui Aotearoa prospectus – English version here

Tāpui Aotearoa prospectus – Te Reo version here