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In this issue: Haere mai to our new Chair, 8 new projects underway, and still time to apply to our Innovation Fund
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Newsletter April 2020

Director's update

Kia ora koutou

These strange and uncertain times have thrown into sharp relief the importance that access to blue-green outdoor spaces has for our mental and physical well-being. They have highlighted just how important our intangible ‘marine values’ are; and how integral healthy, productive marine ecosystems are to New Zealand’s health and wealth.
Along with the rest of the country, we have had to adapt to a new way of working. Despite the upheaval, I am pleased to announce that we have 8 new research projects underway, and to welcome these teams to the Sustainable Seas community. Thank you to our staff and researchers who have worked hard to keep us moving forward and provide support for remote working and collaboration.
There has been a significant amount of interest in our Innovation Fund, and I am looking forward to reviewing the Expressions of Interest with much anticipation. Please continue to spread the word to any contacts you think may have an innovative idea to surprise us with.
As we look to the future, I am delighted to welcome our new Chair, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson. Tania is recognised for her expertise across social policy, the environment, economic development and Treaty-related matters; all of which is directly relevant to our mission-led research and implementing ecosystem-based management in Aotearoa.

Dr Julie Hall, Director


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 NZ law. Tania is a professional director, and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. She is recognised for her expertise across social policy, the environment, economic development and Treaty-related matters. Tania is of Tainui, Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi descent. Read more

Innovation Fund: EoI submission by 18 May

NZ-based researchers, industry, stakeholders and Māori are invited to submit expressions of Interest (EoIs) for research projects that will contribute directly to building a ‘blue economy’ in Aotearoa. Closing date for EoI submissions: 12 noon, Monday 18 May 2020. Read more

8 new projects underway

Synthesis of Tangaroa Phase I Research
Lara Taylor (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research), Jason Mika (Massey University)

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Enacting kaitiakitanga-based EBM
Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato), Richard Bulmer (NIWA)

Ngā Tohu o te Ao: Maramataka and marine management
Waiaria Rameka, Caine Taiapa (Manaaki Te Awanui)

Te Tāhuhu Matatau: Empowering kaitiaki of Tangaroa
Caine Taiapa, Regan Fairlie (Manaaki Te Awanui)

Policy and legislation for EBM
Steve Urlich (Lincoln University), Elizabeth Macpherson (University of Canterbury)

Ecological responses to cumulative effects
Simon Thrush (University of Auckland), Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato)

Perceptions of risk and uncertainty
Paula Blackett (NIWA), Shaun Awatere (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research)

Communicating risk and uncertainty
Joanne Ellis (University of Waikato), Fabrice Stephenson (NIWA)

Further information about these projects will be available through this webpage in early May.

Free Zoom backgrounds

Zoom has become the norm for team meetings, coffee catch ups and even happy hour with our friends and whānau. It’s great we can stay connected – but if you are missing the outdoors thanks to all the extra online time, then perk up your Zooming with one of these ocean pics.

Research highlight

Aquaculture - it's not just business, it's personal

Building genuine relationships with the communities they operate in is more important than environmental, social or economic factors in determining whether an aquaculture company gains and maintains social licence to operate (SLO) in Aotearoa.

The Frameworks for achieving and maintaining social licence project, led by Jim Sinner (Cawthron Institute), found that the quality of company-community interactions is the most important factor in the strength of a company’s SLO.
Economic fairness and cultural impacts were also important. Surprisingly, economic output, environmental and social factors were not as significant. This was not necessarily because people do not care about them, but because people are more likely to trust a company to address these things if they have had high quality interactions with it. Read more

In the media

Sir Rob Fenwick: The fêted environmentalist’s urgent last message - The Listener

Sir Rob worked tirelessly for a better Aotearoa to the very last, using his final days to send this message to us all. View

Do New Zealand fisheries have a social licence to operate? – NZ Herald/The Country

Article about the social licence to operate research led by Jim Sinner. View

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 in local paper. View

Recent activities

1,800+ kids explored sky, sand and sea

Schoolchildren from across New Zealand (virtually) travelled with LEARNZ and Sustainable Seas researchers Kura Paul-Burke and Leigh Tait to discover what's threatening mussels/kuku or kūtai, a taonga species, in Ōhiwa Harbour, and how science and mātauranga Māori are being combined by local kaitiaki to understand – and address – the problem. The open access multimedia teaching resources from the trip are available online. Read more

Seafood social distancing

If you’re tired of measuring 2m in the usual way, then feel free to share our alternative units of measurement with your friends and whānau. View

Did you find us on Facebook?

It’s exciting to see how many people have engaged with us since we launched our Facebook page at the start of the year. Our aim was to help make our mahi more accessible, so it’s great to see that most are new faces. If you haven’t already checked the page out, we’d love to see you there: SustainableSeasNZ

Webinars at 1pm

The world has changed a lot since our last newsletter. Although we don't have the date secured for next month's webinar, rest assured we're working on it and we'll let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime, our complete webinar series is available on our YouTube webinar playlist

Which ecosystem model works best for what you need?

On Friday 17 April, NIWA researchers Vidette McGregor, Samik Datta and Adele Dutilloy discussed the Atlantis model, a food-web model and a size-based ecosystem model for Tasman and Golden Bays. They compared the modelling approaches, and discussed which are the most useful to answer specific questions. Watch the recording

Upcoming events

The Unseen final exhibition

Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland

The final exhibition of this sci-art-education project, which will involve a big recycling of the collaborative artwork and workshops for local Auckland schools is currently postponed until a new date can be secured. Artist and researcher Gabby O'Connor worked with 1,500 Nelson school children, their whānau and local communities, to explore the risks associated with environmental and climate change, and how this might affect the way we manage New Zealand’s marine ecosystems. Watch this 2 min video of the project.

Special session: NZGS conference

25–27 November 2020
*UPDATE* Abstract deadline: 14 May 2020
Organised by Karen Fisher and Hamish Rennie, the topic of this session is Marine spatial planning: ecosystem-based management, indigenous and local community empowerment?
The organisers have confirmed the conference will go ahead, either partly face-to-face and partly online or fully online. Until they resolve the format and cost they have requested that people do not register. They expect to make further announcements shortly. More information
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