Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Future Scenarios for New Zealand

100% pure conjecture: Participative games on sustainable futures for New Zealand

The marketing image of New Zealand used overseas, of 100% Pure NZ, implying clean and green, conceals a growing domestic debate about the nation's environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

What differing futures might we have in store, and which of these would you find more- or less-desirable directions for our country, over the next 50 years?

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research has been developing four contrasting future possibilities for NZ since 2004, to contribute to a future choices debate. None of these possibilities are predictions, or favourites, but each is plausible and has recognizable roots in today's experiences. As part of this continuing research, participative games (Classic Edition, Urban Edition, Biodiversity Edition) for groups, taking a few hours, have been developed. They stimulate strategic-thinking on sustainability, and people's interest in future directions for New Zealand, and are available free.