From #CitSciOz to #CitSciNZ

The Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa NZ (CSAANZ) was formalised in August 2019 and holds monthly online meetings for Co-chairs and Committee members. Establishing and sustaining a new association is challenging, so this month we reached out to colleagues from across the Tasman to benefit from their experience. At CSAANZ, we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. This blog summarised the 3-hour(!) online conversation between Jessie Oliver and Michelle Neil (from the Australian Citizen Science Association – ACSA) and CSAANZ Co-chairs and Committee members about the long and bumpy road to building a citizen science association. The Australian Citizen Science… Read More

New Plymouth kick-off meeting to establish the new national association: CSAANZ

A group of nearly 20 citizen science practitioners, researchers, educators, coordinators, developers, movers and shakers gathered on Aug 10 in New Plymouth to formalise the Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (CSAANZ, #CitSciNZ for short). A celebratory launch is planned for the near future. This blog forms part of an emerging kaupapa for the fledgling association: sharing information through transparent processes. Participants travelled from as far as Dunedin and Whangarei, contributing their expertise to shape the preliminary direction and structure of the new Association. Establishing a Citizen Science Association in this… Read More

Inanga ora ki te awa o Waitara

This project with Waitara Alive and the Ōtaraua Hapū along with Waitara High School students aims to better understand the health of whitebait spawning sites along the Waitara River. The project is comparing present day spawning site health for inanga (whitebait!) to historical evidence collected from local kaumatua. By contrasting past with present, the Inanga Ora project team hope to identify how spawning habitat is changing, and what can be done to better protect it.The project was funded by the ‘Curious Minds’ He Hihiri I Te Mahara. Participatory Science Platform.Check out a recent… Read More