New Zealand’s leading economic research institute and climate think tank, Motu, uses the Japanese poetry form of “Haiku” to summarise its research in a pithy, plain English manner.

Haiku is a traditional form of poetry consisting of three lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables.

We’ve taken a leaf out of Motu’s book and created some Haiku poetry to sum up different aspects of the NZAGRC’s scientific research.

Read a selection below and click on them to find out more about the science behind them!


Twenty three percent:

Livestock directly adds this

To current warming



Farming and climate

Bringing countries together

In the G-R-A


Cow fermentation:

Methanogens love rumen

They make CH4



Efficient farming

Can reduce methane a bit

But more must be done



Paddock N2O

Try Quantum Cascade Laser

It’s a game changer


Reduce GHGs

More soil carbon please

And less methane too


GHGs go up

The temperature increases

What is our future?


Carbon in soil

Stops CO2 going up

Need ‘4 per mille’ more…


Don’t over promise

A methane inhibitor

A good thing takes time


In terms of impact

A vaccine would be awesome

But proving quite hard


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