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Did someone say market research campaign guides?

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The SO2: Empowering Kaitiakitanga & Environmental Stewardship team have been working to give government agencies, environmental organisations, and community groups new information for designing interventions to encourage high-impact behaviours that will benefit urban freshwater systems in some way. The team’s recent publication, which we spoke to researcher Lynette McLeod about back in February, provides a rank list […]

Toitū te Ngahere: Biosecurity is for everyone

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Toitū te Ngahere: Art in Schools for Forest Health (TTN) was part of the research theme Mobilising for Action within Ngā Rākau Taketake. TTN was responding to the explicit call in the biosecurity space for “everybody” in Aotearoa to be involved in biosecurity. The team recognised the lack of opportunity for children and young people […]

Kauri Rescue continues their work

Kauri Rescue continues their work Big Tree Injections Cascades May24

Kauri Rescue is a community activation that formed around a successful funding bid in 2016 during Tranche 1 of the BioHeritage National Science Challenge. Tiaki mō Kauri: Community Control of Kauri Dieback, which became Kauri Rescue, was started to treat diseased kauri on private land. Kauri Rescue was able to continue beyond the end of […]

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: PhD candidate champions RNAi research in Washington

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: PhD candidate champions RNAi research in Washington Esa Matt And I By Sign

Looking to deliver a gripping presentation at your next conference? Te Herenga Waka PhD candidate Rose McGruddy is happy to share her prize-winning approach . . . “I try to make my presentations as easy to digest as possible,” says Rose. “I avoid jargon. I use a lot of pictures. I keep in mind that […]

Learning from restoration collectives

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Social scientist Kiely McFarlane (Cawthron Institute) has a background in environmental geography and governance. Understanding and supporting community groups has been central to Kiely’s involvement with the Challenge. During Tranche 1, Kiely, along with Kiri Joy Wallace, Joanne Clapcott and Danielle Shanahan, interviewed 27 restoration collectives around the country to understand what types of organisations […]

A clearer outlook on the future of plant invasions

A clearer outlook on the future of plant invasions Arthur's Pass Long

Back in December 2022, we spoke with Jennifer Bufford about the two-phase horizon scan to identify future needs in weed research. The first phase, which is now complete, involved identifying a range of possible futures (or “scenarios”) for New Zealand. These scenarios are presented more fully in this newsletter article from 2023 and are discussed in a […]

BioHeritage may be ending, but our website and data repository will live on

BioHeritage may be ending, but our website and data repository will live on Question Banner

Complete/incomplete work Much of the work funded and supported by BioHeritage is now complete. However, there are still some students who will continue to be funded through to the end of the year and many publications have been prepared and submitted that will only be published in the months to come. Any outputs that are […]

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Lisa Lu applied computer science toward biosecurity objectives

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Lisa Lu applied computer science toward biosecurity objectives Dutch Elm Trees. Photo By Harry Luring (cc By Nc)

Lisa is a computer scientist originally from Shanghai, China. “Computer science gives me a sense of achievement,” says Lisa. “Even though it can be quite challenging and I may spend hours trying to debug, once a programme is working, I just feel satisfied.” Lisa started her computer science studies in China before moving to New […]

Crazy & Ambitious 4 – The Finale, but not the end

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Crazy & Ambitious 4, our final conference, began with what felt like a collective sigh of relief. After much preparation and anticipation, here we were, ready to share, learn, and celebrate. During the mihi whakatau, we were reminded by our host that “Anyone who has had a glass of water in the last couple days, […]

BioHeritage involved in award-winning research on preventing ecosystem collapse

BioHeritage involved in award-winning research on preventing ecosystem collapse Rebecca V. Gladstone Gallagher

Jason Tylianakis (co-lead of the Crazy & Ambitious ThinkTank and lead of Tranche 1 Predicting and Preventing Ecosystem Decline) and Helen Warburton (co-lead for Freshwater for our Taonga and Ngā Pī Ka Rere) are two of the co-authors on the winning paper, which connects key actions across research, policy and management of environmental issues in […]

Did someone say research briefs?

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The Challenge’s research is structured into three impact areas. Whakamana – Empower seeks to help New Zealanders protect our precious environment; Tiaki – Protect contributes to a world-class biosecurity system; and Whakahou – Restore works to provide avenues for creating a resilient, thriving environment. Spanning the impact areas is the Pou – Supporting Architecture, housing […]

Corey Ruha: The power of storytelling in data communication

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“There’s a whole storytelling element to data interpretation, and Māori are storytellers – it’s part of our DNA,” says Corey Ruha (Te Arawa). “I think if we learn to handle data how we handle our stories, we can make some powerful changes.”  Indigenous data sovereignty – the right of Māori to develop and manage the […]

Breathing life back into Te Whanganui-a-Tara: the motivations of volunteer conservationists

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Bringing together backgrounds in biology and in counselling, Julie Whitburn is a passionate advocate of social environmental research.  “I’m really interested in the dual benefits that can come from ecological restoration projects, both for people and for the environment,” she says. “I really love it. I had no idea these two strands of my professional […]

A postdoc for AUT Living Labs

A postdoc for AUT Living Labs Livinglabs Temuri 2023 2

From a young age, Sarah dreamed of becoming an astrophysicist. She pursued physics and maths at university before deciding to shift towards biology.    “It was hard at the beginning because I had no clue what a cell was,” says Sarah. “But I realized I had this massive passion for plants.”   After completing her undergraduate degree […]

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