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

Envirolink Update - 28 October 2018 

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

Advice Grant Funding

A new round of advice grant funding kicked off on 1 July 2018. Eligible councils are encouraged to work with research providers to submit proposals starting in July. 

Tool Round

The Tool Committee met on 25 October 2018 to discuss and evaluate the proposals submitted for 1 July 2019 funding. Recommendations will be made to the Envirolink Governance Committee and then to MBIE for approval.

Contracts have been prepared between research providers and MBIE for the following tool projects.

  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.

Regional Council Science Workshop 16/17 October 2018 Wellington

A Science Workshop was held on the 16/17 October 2018 in Wellington "Getting more out of science: Current science issues and opportunities for greater involvement". Simon Upton, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment  opened the workshop and  Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor,  provided her views on New Zealand science in an after dinner presentation.

Presentations from this workshop can be found on the Research Strategy page.


SIG Science Workshop 2017

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.


Last updated 28 October 2018.