Environmental monitoring technician Patrick Butler has spent hours travelling between the upper and lower reaches of Canterbury’s Waimakariri and Hurunui Rivers. His mission – river water quality sampling.
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.
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA worked collaboratively during 2018-19 to support Ngāti Maniapoto whānau to reconnect with and participate in the assessment of their freshwater according to their values.
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.
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.