Growing Kai Under Increasing Dry

A rolling symposium on drought, climate change and primary sector resilience



Three background webinars and a full-day event to shape future drought policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Over the past few years, the Deep South Challenge, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges and Our Land and Water National Science Challenges, along with several other New Zealand science programmes, have funded research projects that focus on drought and its impacts. Together we are co-creating a ‘rolling symposium’ focusing on drought and its impacts on the primary sector.

Throughout May 2021, we’re bringing you three ‘background’ webinars, each exploring a different aspect of drought research, culminating in a face-to-face symposium event at Te Papa on May 31, 2021.

This series of events primarily focuses on the impacts of drought on the primary sector and will join up the new science that is going on in this space with practical on the ground experience of industry and the policy development that is rapidly taking place at a central government level.

We hope this series will contribute to a wider conversation around drought policy and climate change adaptation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Take a peek at the events in our rolling symposium programme below, click each event image to learn more and register to attend! 

Webinar Programme

1 | Drought and the changing climate: what does the future look like for farmers and growers?


Tuesday 11th May, 11am 

This webinar will cover the current understanding of changing drought risk out to the end of the century, as well as estimating how climate change has impacted the cost of recent extreme events.

This information forms the basis of guidance and planning at a regional and national level and can give an insight into what the future may look like for farmers and growers in a changing climate.



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2 |Drought and the changing climate: Farm profits and community resilience


Tuesday 18th May, 11am 

The concept of ‘resilience’ has recently gained traction in a range of contexts. For the most part, resilience focuses on change: it includes the ability of a system to maintain its current state despite disturbances, its ability to adapt, and to transform. In this webinar we will look at how climate monitoring and improved forecasting for drought is needed, however, a better understanding the ‘human dimensions’ of its impacts and implications will help us to better understand who is at risk and how communities will be affected in rural New Zealand and beyond.


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3 |Drought and the changing climate: What to grow and where?



Tuesday 25th May, 11am 

In this webinar, researchers look at what changes need to be made in the policy and decision making space. What effect will projected changes in climate might have on land use suitability and decision-making in the future? We will also explore how planning, policy, and monitoring tools are informed by Mātauranga Māori and science to support kaitiakitanga.





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Face-to-Face Event – Monday 31st May, Te Papa, Wellington. 


Held at Te Papa, this in-person event brings together the latest in climate modelling and adaptation research with policymakers and farmers and growers. This hui will ask how we can continue to grow and adapt for the future and create a platform for discussion and an uncovering of a new understanding of not only the risks but the potential solutions to ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand is prepared and resilient in the face of the changes that are coming. Just what that support looks like and how it is determined will all be part of the discussion – come and join us in person or online to be part of this future focused conversation.





Growing Kai Under increasing Dry is a co-created series of events focusing on Drought and its impacts on the Primary Sector and is hosted by The Deep South, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges and Our Land and Water National Science Challenges. Find out more about the 11 National Science Challenges.