Kia ora.

This is Soilsafe Aotearoa.


Most of us spend time outdoors in our garden or yard. It’s the place where we can experience nature and feel the earth beneath our feet. Whether you are a keen gardener, growing vegetables, or watching the kids digging holes and playing with dirt – you may wonder what is in your soil and what it means for you and your neighbours.


Soilsafe Aotearoa is a programme with plenty of ways to get involved. It’s free and easy. Learn more about how we can be a part of your experience with soil below.

Free soil testing.

Having your soil tested is free and easy. You’ll receive a report on your soil’s chemistry and what it means for you.

Soil values questionnaire.

Our Soilsafe diverse soil values questionnaire has now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Community projects.

If you are a community garden, marae, school, or any other group interested in gardening – we’d love to work together.

A bit about Soilsafe Aotearoa.

Soilsafe Aotearoa is a programme run by social and environmental scientists at the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. We are interested in community soil values and mapping lead and other metals in home garden soils. With our research on the scientific, socio-cultural, environmental and diverse economic values of soil, we work with communities to understand the soils they interact with and highlight the importance of healthy soils.



Learn more about soil test results in your area and beyond.

MapMyEnviroment in a collaborative citizen science platform that anonymously places results from soils and dust testing to approximate locations on a map. Select “Soil” as the sample type in the lower right box to see results from this programme.

Dustsafe Aotearoa is no longer accepting housedust for metal screening. Thank you to our participants for taking part! Check in later for our findings.