New Zealand’s population is increasingly urban. As of 2018, major urban areas in Aotearoa accounted for more than half of the population. As the population grows and urban development expands and intensifies, freshwater environments in urban areas are coming under increasing pressure.
A new programme at NIWA will focus on finding ways to protect our freshwater species now and in the future.
NIWA has updated its guide to freshwater pests for the first time since 2013.
In this edition we welcome Dr Simon Woodward to the team and find out how he came to work at NIWA.
A project to explore whether kākahi (native freshwater mussels) can be used to help clean up New Zealand lakes has taken a step forward, with the launch of bioremediation rafts in Lake Ohinewai in the Waikato.
NIWA and the Sustainable Coastlines charitable organisation are collaborating to develop ‘source-to-sea’ methods to trace the movement of litter from stormwater systems, through rivers, to coastlines.
An underwater invader recently brought key agencies and organisations including Land Information New Zealand, NIWA, Otago Regional Council, Boffa Miskell, Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, Fish and Game and Lake Guardians, together in Wanaka.