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Sept 2019

Building a social licence, Aquaculture magazine

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

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

Maritime Museum Talk: Forecasting contamination

Watch recordings of our second NZ Maritime Museum breakfast talk from 19 August 2019. Ben Knight and Lincoln Mackenzie spoke about their research on forecasting and detecting marine contamination and harmful algal blooms.

New ways of defining seafloor resilience

A recent publication from the Tipping Points project identifies the factors that characterise how resilient a seafloor ecosystem is to change caused by stressors or disturbances.

Kudos Award for Drew Lohrer

NIWA researcher Drew Lohrer was named among eight winners in the 2019 Kudos Awards in early September.