Centre for Climate, Biodiversity and Society

Transdisciplinary innovation and collaboration in research, education, and engagement

for thriving peoples and planetary wellbeing


Named for the journeys of our collective ancestors to the shores of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Ngā Ara Whetū (“Star Paths”), responds to challenges of attaining sustainable futures and collective wellbeing through enabling and enhancing collaborative research and training.

Our mission is to conduct high-impact transdisciplinary research on climate, biodiversity and society to contribute significantly to solving some of the most pressing environmental and societal challenges of our time.

Ngā Ara Whetū is networked with local and global communities of purpose, practice and understanding, who share aspirations for accelerating actions that promote lasting protection of the planet, its natural resources, and peaceful, just and inclusive societies. 

On 14 February, 2024, Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand
joined the official launch celebration of Ngā Ara Whetū Centre for Climate, Biodiversity and Society.

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Mānawatia a Matariki

Mānawatia a Matariki

The name Ngā Ara Whetū, means 'Star Paths,' and pays homage to the journeys of thosewho have come before us to Aotearoa and...

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Be a part of our vision and join Ngā Ara Whetū as an affiliate. This role is open to all researchers based at The University of Auckland and select research centres. As an affiliate, we will amplify and support your research, give you access to funding opportunities, and invite you to tailored Ngā Ara Whetū events.

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Contact us

Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand

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