January 24, 2019
Iwi and schools combine for environment projects
An iwi-driven project to measure the health of two critical estuaries is among the projects to be funded this year under Venture Taranaki’s Curious Minds Participatory Science Platform.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga will work with students from Urutī, Mimi and Urenui Schools to assess the Urenui and Mimitangiatua estuaries and identify current and future threats.
Another school, Ngāmatapouri, will work with scientists to monitor changes of the Waitōtara River over the course of the year.
The school’s eight pupils will design, build and trial a device to remotely monitor water levels to provide early warning of floods to the school and local community.
Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust is collaborating with the Manaia and Auroa primary schools, Ngāti Tū and Ngāti Haua, Taranaki Maunga, Taranaki Regional Council and Fish and Game on I Whio that I could live here – a project to explore the Kaupokonui River and identify ways it can be restored to a standard that will sustain a population of whio or native ducks.
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