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Posted on 01 April 2022

Media coverage in March 2022

‘We have a full pharmacopoeia of plants’: Q&A with Māori researcher Nicola MacdonaldMongabay – Project Co-leader for Kohunga Kutai, Nicola MacDonald, shares how researchers are using Western science and mātauranga Māori to create…

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Posted on 14 December 2021

Covid-19, integrity and ‘blue washing’ – marine ecotourism operators share their thoughts and concerns for the future

As the nation gears up to explore their own backyard this summer, the country’s tourism industry is firmly focused on developing more sustainable ways to host domestic and international visitors.

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Growing marine ecotourism
Credit: Dive Tutukaka

Posted on 30 November 2021

Marine ecotourism is supporting tourism industry to build back better

As the first official day of summer kicks off tomorrow and the nation gears up to explore their own backyard, the country’s tourism industry is firmly focused on developing more…

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Project co leaders Andrew Jeffs Nicola MacDonald with Te Ao Rosieur
Credit: Simon Thrush UofA

Posted on 01 September 2021

Seafood Magazine: Creating a sustainable mussel spat supply with mātauranga Māori

Shared with permission from Seafood New Zealand Magazine - June 2021:Indigenous knowledge and expertise are at the forefront of creating more sustainable pathways for the largest and most valuable aquaculture industry…

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Aotea Island, Great Barrier Islands
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Posted on 22 June 2021

Expert comment: Revitalising the Gulf

Today the Government has released the Revitalising the Gulf, a strategy to restore the health and mauri of the Hauraki Gulf.

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Credit: Kudos Science Awards Trust

Posted on 27 November 2020

Our researchers nominated for Kudos Awards 2020

Congratulations to our researchers who were nominated for the Kudos Awards this year!  Dr Joanne Ellis (co-leader for Communicating risk and uncertainty) Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke (co-leader for Awhi Mai Awhi Atu…

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Posted on 30 November 2019

Media coverage in November 2019

Seaweed brewersthisNZlife. co. nzFeatures our video about AgriSea as a blue economy exemplar Taking the leadKia ora magazine (no link available)Interview with Sir Rob Fenwick (p84)

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Posted on 24 September 2019

Identifying 'blue economy' opportunities

Blue economy businesses are growing in New Zealand, but what opportunities are on the horizon? A blue economy is made up of marine activities that generate economic value and contribute positively…

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Measuring ecosystem services and assessing impacts Credit Leigh Tait NIWA
Credit: Leigh Tait NIWA

Posted on 13 September 2019

Kudos Award for Drew Lohrer

NIWA researcher Drew Lohrer was named among eight winners in the 2019 Kudos Awards in early September. Drew won the Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award.

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Dusky dolphins South Island Coast Feb 2018 credit Lana Young

Posted on 24 October 2018

Marlborough students promoting marine protection

In mid-October, Challenge researchers met a pioneering group of students from Marlborough Girls’ College to celebrate their efforts in environmental sustainability and invite them to attend the upcoming Sustainable Seas Annual…

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Credit: Rob Suisted

Posted on 30 July 2018

Award recognises contribution to marine science

University of Waikato scientist Professor Conrad Pilditch is the 2018 winner of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award.

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Credit: Lundquist NIWA 2018

Posted on 29 March 2017

National estuary experiment gets off the (muddy) ground

Field work has begun for a national study assessing the potential risks and consequences of nutrient and sediment runoff on marine ecosystems.

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