Ngā manu moana – Ngā hēteri o te moana
Seabirds – Our Ocean’s Sentinels
Te Mahi Rangahau/ Research
We will initiate long-term research of seabird populations and ecosystem health through both island-based and boat-based projects. These will include monitoring seabird health at breeding colonies, tracking birds with GPS loggers, and investigating the interactions between seabirds and the prey they eat. This research will help us develop effective conservation actions that can help both seabirds and the wider marine ecosystem. Importantly, this research will support training and learning opportunities.
Te Mātauranga / Learning
We have developed an internship scheme for rangatahi, integrating western science and mātauranga Māori, that will give participants hands-on experience with research in both lab and field settings. Through this, we aim to grow a cohort of empowered and inspired young scientists and provide a potential pathway into further tertiary study. This will integrate closely with our research and community action work streams.
Te Whakarauoratanga ake / Restoring Resilience
Seabird restoration through community action. We will expand an existing successful programme which supports seabird restoration. We will work with community groups and iwi/hapū to provide expertise and resources to enable them to undertake seabird restoration projects. These projects will restore nutrients to forest ecosystems, helping to build resilience to climate change.
Te Mahi Taunaki / Advocacy
We will develop accessible and engaging communication outputs. They will share stories and knowledge from arising from our research, education, and community action work streams with communities and the wider public. This will include preparing social media and digital content, liaising with local and national media to disseminate stories, and working with partners to develop campaign themes.