Breadcrumbs

Projects

New Technologies to Double On-Farm Diffuse Pollution Mitigation

Joint MBIE Endeavour Proposal. Successful 2018.

Te Waiora Research team:

  • NIWA (Chris Tanner, Rupert Craggs)
  • University of Waikato (Louis Schipper, Adam Hartland)

Partners:

  • Lincoln Agritech (Aldrin Rivas)
  • Aqualinc Research Ltd (Greg Barkle)

Iwi co-development and implementation:

  • Ngati Hauā
  • Hauraki

Agricultural industry endusers / implementation:

  • DairyNZ (David Burger)
  • Beef and Lamb
  • Waikato Regional Council

Funding:

  • MBIE Endeavour Fund - Successful 2018.

Objective:

To develop new, highly effective bioreactors and scrubbers (Interceptors) for land managers to:

  • Reduce diffuse nutrient losses to waterways and thereby improve the health of streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries; and
  • Ensure farming can be sustainable and economically viable within the new reality of “farming within limits”.

Status:

Year 1 of 5-year project.

Contact:

Rupert Craggs
Rupert.craggs@niwa.co.nz

Freshwater bioremediation using native mussels - focussed on shallow eutrophic lakes

Partners:

  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • University of Waikato
  • Missouri State University
  • Matahuru Marae, Ngaati Makirani, Ngaati Mahuta

Funding:

  • Joint MBIE Endeavour Smart Idea - Successful 2018.

Objective:

To develop native freshwater mussel (kākahi/kāeo) rafts (or suspended cages) to assist lake restoration through biofiltration. The focus of our proposal is to return degraded, turbid, shallow lakes towards their original clear, macrophyte-dominated state.

Status:

Year 1 of 3-year project.

Contact:

Sue Clearwater
sue.clearwater@niwa.co.nz