Mātauranga Māori Framework For Surveillance (MMFS) For Plant Pathogens

Research team Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Audrey Lustig Waitangi Wood Dean P. Anderson Maria C. Latham. GRI Sharmila Savarimuthu Funding MBIE Project summary In the past, there has been a disconnect and little collaboration between the people and organizations doing work on the plant pathogens that cause myrtle rust and kauri dieback. This has stymied […]

Biological Heritage Challenge: Eco-Index Programme

Research team Dr Kiri Joy Wallace (University of Waikato) Dr John Reid (J D Reid LTD) Ngāti Pikiao (Tainu and Ngai Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury). Nathaniel Calhoun (Code Innovation) Kevan Cote (Moose Engineering & Design) Karen Denyer (Papawera Consulting Ltd) Saif Khan (GRI) Funding New Zealand National Science Challenge Project summary The Eco-index […]

Advancing efficiencies in remote sensing of Ross Sea Adélie penguin populations

Research Team Alexandra Strang, Dean Anderson, Esme Robinson, Grant Ballard, Annie Schmidt, David Ainley, Kerry Barton, Fiona Shanhun, Rebecca Macneil, Elissa Cameron, Michelle LaRue Project Aim Identify an objective method to assess guano area characteristics over the 2009-2021 austral summers for four colonies, to improve this tool toward better assessment of population changes.   Click […]

Integrated Surveillance

This project aims to develop a Mātauranga Māori Framework for Surveillance (MMFS) of plant pathogens that seeks to enable strategic trust relationships between hapū kaitiaki and rangatira (Maori authorities) directly with central, regional and local organizations that generate and provide science and research initiatives and investment, with particular focus on mātauranga Māori alongside western science.

Modelling large-scale predator control measures: Cape-to-City project

New Zealand has an excellent record of conserving its native flora and fauna through pest control measures, especially in large uninhabited areas. Meanwhile large tracts of land owned by private individuals remain relatively unprotected. When it comes to land management decisions such as pest control actions, careful negotiations are required with a wide range of stakeholders with differing views – from cat-loves to rabbit-haters – so that agreements can be reached. The aim of this research project led by Audrey Lustig, Mike Plank and Alex James is to develop a planning tool for predicting the abundance and the likely persistence of New Zealand top mammalian predators in the light of potential changes in management effort across human-dominated landscape. We use the Cape-to-City (C2C) footprint covering 26,000 ha of agricultural land in Hawke’s Ba as a case study.