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Posted on 31 March 2020

Media coverage in March 2020

1,800+ schoolchildren explore marine scienceSunLiveArticle about our LEARNZ 2020 trip to Bay of Plenty with Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Dr Leigh Tait.

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Frameworks for achieving and maintaining social licence

Posted on 12 March 2020

Aquaculture – it’s not just business, it's personal

Building genuine relationships with the communities they operate in is more important for NZ aquaculture companies than environmental, social or economic factors in determining whether that company gains and maintains...

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Light on water credit Alexandre Schmiel NIWA 2018
Credit: Alexandre Schmiel NIWA 2018

Posted on 11 March 2020

Ngā mihi maioha, Sir Rob

Te tai ra, Te tai ra Te tai ra e pari ana ki hea E pari ana  ki te kauheke tangata Ka rongo te ao Kua rongo te po E te rangatira Kua riro atu koe...

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Ōhiwa harbour entrance

Posted on 09 March 2020

1,800+ schoolchildren (virtually) explored marine science for Seaweek

Last week (3–5 March), schoolchildren from across New Zealand travelled with LEARNZ and the Sustainable Seas Challenge to discover what's threatening mussels/kuku or kūtai, a taonga species, in Ōhiwa Harbour,...

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Frameworks for achieving and maintaining social licence

Posted on 02 March 2020

Words matter when it comes to social licence

The term ‘social licence to operate’ (SLO) implies that communities have the power to grant or withhold approval for marine businesses, but new research suggests otherwise.

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Posted on 29 February 2020

Media coverage in February 2020

Fish of the Day (Ep 10)TV ThreeJeroen Jongejans of Dive Tutukaka, the ecotourism representative on our Stakeholder Panel, was interviewed about the contribution of healthy marine ecosystem to the local economy...

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Posted on 28 February 2020

Blue economy: core research topics

Following a productive co-development workshop this month with central and regional government, marine industry, Māori and iwi representatives, and research organisations, we have identified 4 topics for our blue economy core...

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Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 25 February 2020

Haere mai to several new faces

We are committed to sharing our research, and engaging, with Māori and stakeholders, so are pleased to welcome Gemma Couzens, Martin de Beer, Charlotte Panton and Ursula Rojas-Nazar who are all directly...

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Testing participatory processes for marine management credit Paula Blackett
Credit: Paula Blackett

Posted on 14 February 2020

Guide to catalyse participation in decision-making

The Ingredients Tool is a practical resource for marine managers, and others, to support broad participation in marine decision-making. It can be adapted to suit local circumstances and priorities.

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Recreational fishing boat credit Stuart Mackay NIWA
Credit: Stuart Mackay, NIWA

Posted on 12 February 2020

We've joined Facebook!

Yesterday we launched the Sustainable Seas Challenge Facebook page.  Thanks to those who took our social media survey, it was really useful and got us here.

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Enabling inter agency collaboration on cumulative effects credit dave allen NIWA
Credit: Dave Allen NIWA

Posted on 10 December 2019

'Toolkit' for managing cumulative effects

The latest Resource Management Journal is a special issue about our collaborative research into how management of cumulative effects (CE) can be improved.

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Participatory tools

Posted on 09 December 2019

Tracking the transport of ocean trash

A web-based interactive tool tracks how floating plastic waste moves around New Zealand's coastline.

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