Regional Research Update Issue 1
Welcome and introduction
Those of you who have been working with us in the regional sector for a few years might remember past e-newsletters sent to our regional council partners with updates and news items about our research Well, here we are again with a fresh look, and lots more useful information to share.
Our work is increasingly collaborative with regional councils; helping to tackle difficult issues in biodiversity, biosecurity and sustainable land use, and creating new knowledge about our unique ecosystems and how they function to support regional well-being in its wider sense. We’ve relaunched our newsletter to reflect this, and look forward to profiling the results of our joint work with Regional Councils, iwi and other regional partners. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute articles or tell us how our work together is making a difference in your area.
In part, this newsletter also reflects a number of changes we’ve made recently. You are sure to have noticed the return to our original name, Manaaki Whenua, supported by a new vision Kia matomato te tupu a Tane a Rongo, a Haumia-Tiketike - Let it be that the land and all its fruits may flourish.
Welcome therefore to the first edition of the Regional Research Update. Here you will find short articles on
- Biodiversity in wetlands
- Healthy Soils: One one ora, tangata ora
- Biocontrol for Japanese Honeysuckle
- Climate change
- Open Geospatial Data
- Myrtle rust and the Fungarium
- The Survey of Rural Decision Makers
You can expect to see a new edition of the Regional Research Update drop into your e-mail inbox 3-4 times per year, but we’d love to hear from you at any time – to discuss your challenges, the potential to apply or share our work so that it’s relevant to your region, or to provide insights into where our research is heading. Christine Harper is your “ghostbuster” (who ya gonna call?) if you’re not sure where to start.
Read on and keep the conversation going.
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
In this issue
Biodiversity in Wetlands
Join us and a bunch of local school-kids in New Zealand’s first wetland bioblitz at Rotopiko (Waikato) this year. Discover a new species, classify the biota of a special wetland and inspire the next generation of biologists.
Passion for Soil
There is much debate around the terms soil health, soil quality, soil resilience; the Soil Health and Resilience - Oneone Ora, Tangata Ora programme is digging into these definitions to seek more useful indicators of the state of our soils.
Biocontrol for Japanese Honeysuckle
The shy Honshu white admiral refused to breed in captivity and help our programme for the bio-control of Japanese Honeysuckle, but caterpillars have been happy to help out.
Climate changes how we can use our land
Land managers and natural resource planners need to be able to predict the suitability of land for different uses. Climate change has the potential to drastically affect the viability of land for use in agriculture – but how much, and what will be the impact?
Bear with us ... What does Open Geospatial Data have to do with bears?
This story brings the world of open geospatial data standards to New Zealand and shows how New Zealand is contributing to global initiatives across water and soil management. Watch to find the bears!
Myrtle rust never sleeps
Myrtle rust has never been eradicated from any country and there is only a narrow window of opportunity to reduce the disease’s impact on NZ forests – particularly on our much-loved pōhutukawa, rātā, and mānuka. The New Zealand Fungarium and the work of the mycologists play a significant part in protecting our ecosystems, agricultural production, and iconic biodiversity from the ravages of myrtle rust and other pathogens.
Not counting sheep
The Survey of Rural Decision Makers explores the “how”, “why” and “why not” farm management decisions are made. With over 4,500 respondents in 2017, the survey provides insights across all regions of New Zealand.