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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

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

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 […]

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Matt Wylie cares about fish and about connecting with people

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Matt Wylie cares about fish and about connecting with people Kanakana 1 Ben Crichton

Matt grew up on a farm in Southland where he would play in creeks and rivers. This was his first connection with fish. “Then, at boarding school, I used to breed tropical fish for fun,” says Matt. “I guess it was a natural progression for me to then go to the University of Otago and […]

Q&A with Beccy Ganley

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How long have you been involved with Ngā Rākau Taketake? From the beginning! I was brought into the scoping group specifically because of my knowledge on myrtle rust. I was then asked to lead the Host, Pathogen & Environment theme. Then, in July 2021, I took over from Maureen O’Callaghan as Science Leader for the […]

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Breigh Lawson-Stanley is enlivening Māoritanga in biosecurity frameworks

Ngā Pī Ka Rere Spotlight: Breigh Lawson-Stanley is enlivening Māoritanga in biosecurity frameworks Breigh

Breigh Lawson-Stanley (Ngāi Tahu and Rongowhakaata) took to country life from the get-go, her fondest childhood memories always involving “mucking around” on her family farm in Southland.  “We grew up in a farming community, learning to engage with and to respect the environment,” says Breigh. “Those values have always stayed with me.”  From childhood, Breigh […]

New kit on forest health for House of Science

New kit on forest health for House of Science House Of Science Resource Kits

Chris Duggan is a seasoned science teacher, with 15 years’ experience teaching high school science. Over the course of her career, she became concerned about the lack of science students had coming into high school. “In 2013, a report published by the Education Review Office said that only about 27% of our primary schools were […]

A Tika Transition to a Flourishing Aotearoa

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As a pre-eminent researcher in Māori political representation and constitutional change, especially in relation to environmental politics and policy, Maria is often in a position where she is assessing consultation documents and proposals that seek to transition Aotearoa to a better environmental future. She conducts these assessments from a Māori perspective.   “If we want to […]

New paper a vehicle for sparking positive change

New paper a vehicle for sparking positive change Campus, University Of Otago (excio)

As an environmental psychologist, Lynette McLeod is very aware that there are lots of different people out there.   “I study human behaviour change,” says Lynette. “I work with organisations to help them decide who they target and how they get them participating in positive environmental behaviours.”  Her expertise makes her a great fit for the […]

Mapping connectedness and contribution towards te taiao

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Through the BioHeritage Crazy and Ambitious Think Tank, Sandy Wakefield is helping create an online repository of Māori-led conservation projects from all over the country. The Think Tank repository is an online GIS (Geographic Information System) map. The repository will map places in Aotearoa where Māori and community-led environmental restoration projects are being undertaken, everywhere […]

Tūhura Papatūānuku Geo Noho grows knowledge and connection in Te Hiku Northland

Tūhura Papatūānuku Geo Noho grows knowledge and connection in Te Hiku Northland 6

To inspire Northland tamariki to consider a future career in the field of science, Tūhura Papatūānuku is designed to give students a more engaging learning experience under the guidance of professional scientists and local mātanga Māori leaders. With hands-on exploration and whakawhanaungatanga at the heart of Tūhura Papatūānuku, the four-day wānanga were based at local […]

Representing BioHeritage mahi at Waka Ama

Representing BioHeritage mahi at Waka Ama Img 4102

It was a mint Waka Ama National Sprint Champs on Karāpiro hosted by Ngāti Korokī Kahukura. The Challenge stall saw around 100 kids per day across 6 days during extreme heat and even a flooded tent. The kids were especially interested in learning more about our tunatuna (also known as elvers or juvenile tuna/eels), why […]

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