Many of New Zealand's aquatic ecosystems, and their services, are in a degraded and often worsening state. NIWA is involved in research and consultation' aimed at improving the health of our freshwater systems.
New Zealand’s freshwater and estuarine resources provide significant cultural, economic, social, and environmental benefits. Competition for the use of these resources is intensifying, and many rivers, lakes and estuaries are now degraded. Māori are particularly sensitive to the use and development of freshwater, and hold distinct perspectives concerning their identity, knowledge, and custodial obligations to manage tribal waters.
NIWA is undertaking a five-year nationwide study to find out how different approaches to riparian planting influence water quality improvements and to provide better guidance to the people and groups undertaking stream restoration.
Antipodean alluvial aquifers: Invertebrate distribution patterns in New Zealand groundwaters
Presented at 2nd Symposium of European Freshwater Sciences,
M.R. Scarsbrook & G. Fenwick
Elements of New Zealand’s groundwater fauna were first described in the 1890s, but since then research on the taxonomy and ecology of this diverse fauna has been sporadic.