Tagged: Water quality

Reducing the health burden from contaminated drinking water in NZ: Opportunities arising from the new Water Services Bill - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 10, 2020

Dr Tim Chambers, Prof Nick Wilson, Jayne Richards, A/Prof Simon Hales, Dr Mike Joy, Prof Michael Baker (author affiliations*) Increasing water-related health threats, notably the waterborne campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North, have highlighted failings in NZ’s regulatory system for drinking water. In this blog we consider how the new Water Services Bill might provide a framework to enable the new … Read More

Better understanding bacterial blooms in New Zealand waterways - Genomics Aotearoa

Genomics Aotearoa Jul 13, 2020

Dr Kim Handley, University of Auckland Just how do cyanobacteria live in their natural habitat, and how do they coexist with other bacteria and microbial life forms? And what difference will knowledge on this bacteria have on maintaining New Zealand’s water quality? One of the consequences of declining water quality is an increase in cyanobacteria – these are photosynthetic bacteria … Read More

New Zealand’s urban freshwater is improving, but a major report reveals huge gaps in our knowledge - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 18, 2019

Troy Baisden, University of Waikato Environment Aotearoa 2019, a major report released today, provides the first snapshot since 2015 of New Zealand’s environment across five “domains” – air, climate, freshwater, land and ocean. This is the first synthesis report produced under environmental reporting legislation that came into effect in 2016. Here, I’ll focus on freshwater … Read More

For a teal coalition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 27, 2017

So. All of Left-Twitter figures that anyone wanting a blue-green coalition are either shills for National who want to destroy the Greens, because coalition would destroy the Greens, or useful idiots for those shills. Count me as one of the idiots then, because some of the objections just aren’t making sense to me – or if they are right, they … Read More

Erosional sediment in Coromandel streams - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 22, 2017

Last week, Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini hosted #WaiNZ, a national conversation providing New Zealanders with an opportunity to read blog posts and other media from key influencers talking about their relationships with water. With permission, Sciblogs is re-publishing some of the blog posts here, including Mary Sewell’s thoughts on eorsion and sediment impacts on waterways, shared below.  Opito Bay … Read More

Restoring the mana of the Rotorua/Te Arawa lakes - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 21, 2017

Last week, Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini hosted #WaiNZ, a national conversation providing New Zealanders with an opportunity to read blog posts and other media from key influencers talking about their relationships with water. With permission, Sciblogs is re-publishing some of the blog posts here, including David Hamilton’s reflection on the successes of the Rotorua/Te Arawa Lakes Program, shared below.  Something … Read More

The animalcules* within - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 20, 2017

Last week, Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini hosted #WaiNZ, a national conversation providing New Zealanders with an opportunity to read blog posts and other media from key influencers talking about their relationships with water. With permission, Sciblogs is re-publishing some of the blog posts here, including Siouxsie Wiles‘ reflections water bacteria and health.  *Animalcules is the name … Read More

Te Awaroa – Voice of the River - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 19, 2017

Last week, Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini hosted #WaiNZ, a national conversation providing New Zealanders with an opportunity to read blog posts and other media from key influencers talking about their relationships with water. With permission, Sciblogs is re-publishing some of the blog posts here, starting with Dan Hikuroa‘s call to listen to the voice of the river.  … Read More

Is the Waikato River really one of the cleanest rivers in the world? - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 01, 2016

In response to recent claims in the media, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) president Dr Marc Schallenberg, on behalf of the society, refutes recent comments about the condition of the Waikato River: The Background Recently, Jacqueline Rowarth (professor of agribusiness at the University of Waikato and newly appointed Chief Scientist for the Environmental Protection Authority) declared that the Waikato River … Read More

Note to the Havelock North Inquiry – Think Big - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 26, 2016

Prof Alistair Woodward, A/Prof Simon Hales An Independent Inquiry is now investigating the cause of the water-borne outbreak caused by Campylobacter in Havelock North. In this blog we consider the background to this issue and argue the Inquiry must not miss the opportunity to think up-stream, on the scale of water catchments, agricultural economies and climate systems. “Alarming new … Read More