Tāpui Aotearoa explored 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 worked alongside iwi to establish how this might work in New Zealand.

NEXT committed to two years research into cryobanking along with other founding partners. Regrettably there was not ongoing long-term funding support and Tāpui Aotearoa is presently in hibernation.

Read media release here

Tāpui Aotearoa prospectus – English version here

Tāpui Aotearoa prospectus – Te Reo version here