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March 2020

1,800+ schoolchildren explore marine science, SunLive
Article about our LEARNZ 2020 trip to Bay of Plenty with Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Dr Leigh Tait.

Do New Zealand fisheries have a social licence to operate? NZ Herald/The Country,
Article about social licence to operate research led by Jim Sinner.

February 2020

Fish of the Day (Ep 10), TV Three
Jeroen Jongejans of Dive Tutukaka, the ecotourism representative on our Stakeholder Panel, was interviewed about the contribution of healthy marine ecosystem to the local economy (interview starts 10 mins into the program).

November 2019

Seaweed brewers,
Features our video about AgriSea as a blue economy exemplar

Taking the lead, Kia ora magazine (no link available)
Interview with Sir Rob Fenwick (p84)

October 2019

Breakfast, TVNZ (no link available)
Director Julie Hall was interviewed about the report Our Marine Environment 2019

A call to arms on New Zealanders’ abuse of the ocean, The Spinoff
This article about the MfE report Our Marine Environment 2019 included a quote from Karen Fisher, Theme Lead - Enhancing EBM Practices.

Climate change, pollution threaten NZ's marine environment, Stuff and Dominion Post
Linda Faulkner (Manahautū/Deputy Director Māori) was interviewed about the Our Marine Environment 2019 report.

Today's marine environment report from MfE and StatsNZ
Media statement from Director Julie Hall re publication of the MfE/StatsNZ report Our Marine Environment 2019.

OK? No-K? Social Licence, Local Government magazine (open access but registration required)
Article about social licence to operate (SLO) research led by Jim Sinner.

September 2019

Building a social licence, Aquaculture magazine (click on the preview)

Concerns over effect warming seas will have on paua industry, 1News

Making the heart leap in joy, and anger: Why art is pivotal to our climate response, The Spinoff

Sustainable Seas breakfast talk series: Empowering kaitiaki, Auckland Magazine

August 2019

Open ocean farming: Push for shellfish, finfish aquaculture out at sea, RNZ

Art helps children grasp science behind changing seas, Nelson Mail/Stuff

Bursting the science bubble, Nelson Leader

March 2019

Coastal seas around New Zealand are heading into a marine heatwave, again, The Conversation

February 2019

Dive into Seaweek 2019 from this weekend, Scoop

December 2018

Marlborough students push on with marine protection battle for the Sounds, Stuff

September 2018

Kina is a delicacy, but what about the shell, Māori Television

Kina being studied for its medicinal benefits, NZ Herald

Tairawhiti’s sustainable blue economy, Gisborne Herald

New Zealand scientists research health properties of sea urchin, Undercurrent News

Science and mātauranga Māori, Te Ao Māori, Radio New Zealand

August 2018

What we do in the Shallows, New Zealand Geographic, July/August 2018
A feature story by Naomi Arnold about the Sustainable Seas Challenge. It includes interviews with Julie Hall, Craig Stevens, Steve Wing, Conrad Pilditch and Simon Thrush. 

July 2018

Nelson science and art come together for national challenge, Nelson Mail

Light Nelson event, Instagram

June 2018

TV3 Ocean Bounty, S2 Ep7
Sir Rob Fenwick our Chairman was interviewed about Sustainable Seas Challenge on Season TV3’s Ocean Bounty which aired Sunday 24 June and is available
on demand.

Students write to PM Jacinda Ardern to push through marine protection, Stuff
Minister Sage talked about the Sustainable Seas Challenge in an article about some research by Marlborough Girls’ College students on marine reserves.

April 2018

Art project helps children tackle affect of climate change on oceans, Stuff
Gabby O’Connor’s sci art exhibition at the Suter Gallery in Nelson was the result of a collaboration with over 1300 school children.  

March 2018

Seaweek 2018 teaching units and links, NZAEE Seaweek 
LEARNZ virtual fieldtrip and Science Learning Hub resources.

Tipping Points and the health of estuaries, Our Changing World, Radio New Zealand
An in-depth piece that gets into the detail of what the Tipping points project is investigating, and why.

February 2018

'Seaworthy' scientists outrun ex-Cyclone Gita as they flee Sounds, Stuff
Professor Steve Wing from Otago University and the team working on ecosystem connectivity were in the news during Cyclone Gita

Ships seek refuge from ex-cyclone Gita, Marlborough Express
This story about ships affected by Cyclone Gita led with the fact that the Polaris II’s research voyage was cut short due to the weather.

January 2018

50 questions about the environment: Our oceans, NZ Herald, Jan 2018
Simon Thrush, leader of the Tipping Points project, was interviewed about key issues facing ocean and coastal ecosystems, including threats and pressures like ocean acidification, tipping points, and considerations for marine management.

Latest news and updates

Haere mai to our new Chair

We are delighted to welcome our new Chair, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, who brings a wealth of knowledge that is directly relevant to our research into bringing together tikanga and mātauranga Māori with western science and New Zealand law.

Blue economy core research concepts open for review

The Challenge Leadership Team has developed core research project concepts for Theme 2: Creating value from a blue economy.