See the latest Envirolink updates from Bill Dyck, the Regional Council Coordinator.

Envirolink Update - 22 March 2018 

New reports and tools are available on this website (under Reports).

Advice Grant Funding

There is a very small amount of money left in the advice grant fund. All projects need to be finished and invoiced by 30 June 2018.

Tool Round

The current tool round  closed on 9 October 2017. Six proposals were received for evaluation by the Tool Committee, which met on 19th October. The Tool Committee made recommendations to the Envirolink Governance Group, which also consulted with RMG in late November. The Governance Group met on the 6th December and agreed tool project priorities to submit to MBIE for full proposal development and external review. MBIE agreed to these recommendations on the 15th December and full proposals are to be submitted by the end of February. The tool projects are:

  1.  eDNA for detecting fish species
  2. Coastal water quality satellite
  3. Bubble tool for measuring stream flow in weedy streams 

Regional Council Revised RS&T Strategy 

The Regional Council RS&T Strategy has been revised and is now available in final form on this website. The strategy takes both a top-down and a bottom-up approach as it contains input from 9 Special Interest Group strategies. It has been invaluable in providing direction to the MBIE contestable funding round that closed mid March. It has also been used to provide input to the DoC/MfE Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap, to Biosecurity 2025, and to other MPI initiatives.


A SIG Science Strategy workshop was held in Wellington on the 20-21 July 2017. Material from the workshop is posted on this website under the "Research Strategy" tab.

Another SIG workshop is being planned for 2018.

Last updated 22 March 2018.