THE 2019 COHORT

The Lightning Lab GovTech 2019 cohort was made up of a variety of local and central government projects that fit into broad themes including E-government, Transport and Wellbeing

MANAWA

A TOOL TO COLLECT WHĀNAU VOICE AND COMBINE IT WITH EXISTING DATA TO SHIFT THE WAY WE CONTRACT IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR

Te Hau Awhiowhio o Otangarei trust, Te tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Charitable Trust and Social Investment Agency (SIA)

There are significant inequalities between Māori and non-Māori. This gap exists in health and social outcomes, but it also exists in trust and in who is listened to. Manawa have created a tool to amplify whānau voice in the social sector, asking whānau about their wellbeing and how they find their services.

The new information is then combined with existing information to produce holistic, whānau-centred insights for service providers and agencies to adjust, change and redesign the services they deliver.Special thanks to the Westpac Government Innovation fund for their support on this project.

SWELL

HOW CAN TODAY’S EMERGING TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY PEOPLE TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR WELL-BEING IN THEIR SENIOR YEARS?

Horowhenua District Council and Electra

New Zealand’s over 65 population is going to double in the next 10 years.  The current approach to delivering care for this community across a range of complex health issues simply will not cope.

The SWELL team seeks to match the appropriate carer to the requesting senior using a product-service system with artificial intelligence. This platform will allow our community of seniors to access the care and support they actually require at a time that works for them, allowing them to age in place and improve their overall wellbeing.

ARRIVE

AN OPEN MOBILITY MARKETPLACE FOR WELLINGTON CITIZENS TO DISCOVER AND COMPARE A RANGE OF TRANSPORT OPTIONS TO HELP THEM ARRIVE AT THEIR DESTINATION

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Centrality, Wellington City Council, Ministry of Transport and Iomob

The Arrive team has defined the common barriers encountered when trying to use sustainable and public forms of transport and aims to make life easier for Wellington commuters.

Their solution will provide Wellingtonians with the ability to compare the cost, duration, and environmental impact of different transport options as well as the ability to book and pay for all their trips using a single app.

ACTIVATE INNOVATION

UNLOCKING THE INNOVATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR THROUGH DATA DRIVEN INSIGHTS

Creative HQ

Successful innovative initiatives often occur in isolated pockets as the result of individual efforts rather than as a result of a supportive and empowering institutional environment. A more cohesive approach is required and leaders need better insights to make this a reality.

Activate Innovation developed an Innovation Barometer that will collect data and insights that can be clearly articulated to senior leaders, showing them the areas within their organisations where they could take action and give examples of how to best achieve this.

STRIDE

MAKING PEOPLE’S FIRST STEP TO ACCESSING SUPPORT FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE THE EASIEST STEP TO TAKE

National Council of Independent Women’s Refuges and Ministry of Social Development

New Zealand has a family violence problem, with as many as one in three people experiencing some form of domestic violence in their life. This is happening out of the public eye which makes it difficult to provide help and support to the people who need it most.

The aim of Stride is to create a centralised source of information, connection, and support that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.

ENGAGING IN A SMART CITY

MAXIMISING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS

Wellington City Council

With less than 40% of Wellington showing up to vote, and considerably less taking the time to put in their two cents throughout the term, the city needs to find a way to get more people involved in local decision making. The team has created a way to engage a wider range of people in conversations about public interest projects.

The proposed solution is a multi-channelled digital platform where people can create personalised profiles which filters through the decisions they want to engage with, based on what they care about, as well as an analytics back-end to assist Councils in understanding public sentiment.

MY INFO. MY WAY.

GIVING NEW ZEALANDERS TRANSPARENCY AND CONTROL OF THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Department of Internal Affairs and ACC

In an age where data breaches are of great concern, it is increasingly important for Kiwis to know where their information is going. However, many New Zealanders sign away a large chunk of info simply by clicking a “YES” box on a website.

My Info. My Way. allows users to track which government organisations have their personal information, how it is used and what they agreed to in the first place.

Think Kaka

PROTECTING NATURE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE HUMAN WASTE MANAGEMENT

Department of Conservation (DOC)

The amount of resources spent managing human waste by DOC is something many New Zealanders would rather keep out of sight and out of mind. However, innovative and sustainable human waste solutions do exist.

Think Kaka will support people in DOC to make robust, sustainable decisions around wastewater by developing diagnostic and site characterisation tools. These will match the needs of the location with an approved inventory of waste water solutions through a site assessment.

THE RISK CALCULATORS

REALISTIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR COMPLEX PROJECTS

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Planning and delivering public transport infrastructure projects in Wellington is a highly complex exercise. Risks to on-time delivery include delays in public consultation, consenting, approvals and procurement. The Risk Calculators team at GWRC has developed a smart online tool to better identify and manage these risks, delivering better public transport infrastructure projects across Wellington.

Since completion of the GovTech programme, the team has been scaling up the tool across all of Greater Wellington’s capital budgets (including flood protection and regional parks projects and programmes), with completion expected by mid- 2020.

IRA

AN INDIGENOUS DIGITAL IDENTITY SOLUTION THAT HELPS ENABLE TRUSTWORTHY, SECURE
AND MANA ENHANCING ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR WH NAU, HAPŪ, AND IWI

Department of Internal Affairs and Ahau

Having a connection to traditional Māori practices in the digital age can be a challenge for many Māori living in New Zealand. Through the creation of a self-sovereign Māori digital identity passport, Ira will be a starting point where individuals and whānau can use this platform to enable their personal information to be verified, shared, or connected with on their own terms.

THE 2018 COHORT

The inaugural Lightning Lab GovTech cohort was made out of 12 project teams. Each of the projects fit into one of the following broad themes: DIGITAL FUTURE, ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY.

UNLOCKED

WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL – HOUSING

Wellington’s population is growing, and the housing demand with it, however, the amount of land left to develop is limited. That land exists in small pockets across the city, some of it in the backyards of existing properties.

Unlocked can help make homes happen in Wellington, and beyond, by educating landowners of the development potential of their land and bringing together a range of information into one simple tool.

COMMUNITY CONNECT

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

New Zealand’s digital divide means too many citizens lack affordable and accessible internet. Unable to fully engage with digitally-enabled services, these New Zealanders are denied the full range of opportunities available to their peers, be it in; education, health, housing or any other digital public service. These people are missing out, and their wellbeing is affected.

The Equitable Digital Access team are using insights from current education pilots and the Lightning Lab process to connect communities and funders. By pulling together community information, government and private sector data they are able to raise inclusion and close the digital divide for future generations.

MĀRAMA

GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL

Greater Wellington Regional Council spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year on important assets and projects, but the public feel they are brought into the decision-making process too late, if they participate, they don’t understand what happens to their feedback and find the experience frustrating and impersonal.

We want council to make decisions in the region that people understand and contribute to.

Mārama is a formal consultation platform developed with users to enhance their user experience. Mārama promotes ease of use, transparency and understanding of the decisionmaking process. Users will be able to contribute with ease, understand why and when projects are happening, see the wider community’s viewpoints, track their feedback through the process and understand how it comes together with other inputs to influence final decisions.

YOUTH VOICE

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Young people are passionate. They’re keen to have their voices heard but, globally, are becoming increasingly disengaged with governments and policy advisors who don’t know how to reach them and processes that don’t feel empowering.

Fortunately, in New Zealand there is a growing willingness to engage with young people when designing policy and services.

Bridging this divide between policy and youth, we’re starting with social media before moving through to an all-of-government engagement hub. This will ultimately help create value; giving young people their rightful voice, making engagement easier for policy creators and better, more representative policies for New Zealand.

SUPERSMOOTH

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

How can you prove that you are you? Having a secure, trusted, easy to use digital identity is the future and will allow New Zealanders to assert their digital rights and participate in the growing digital economy. 200,000 baby boomers will apply for superannuation over the next two years. Interviewing each applicant to check their identity documentation with old utility bills and certified, scanned copies of passports will take up valuable time and frustrate those involved.

Using new technologies – such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and facial biometrics – allows applicants to prove who they are without presenting in person. This project has been working with the Ministry of Social Development to address this need but they know that this wider impacts across all Government services.

SPRING

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Poverty haunts more than 600,000 kiwis. Hunger, stress, and social isolation follow. Existing services including financial mentors and a national helpline are ready to help. However, only one in ten people experiencing poverty use these services each year.

The team travelled around the country to ask the people who don’t use these services: “What’s needed?”

After the understandable answer of “more money”, the wider answer is hope – better ways to connect with training, advice, and opportunities. Based on their insights, the team has created Spring: an ecosystem of empowerment, information, expert advice and incentives which provides people the power to improve their financial wellbeing and self-esteem.

EXPERTS ON DEMAND

WELLINGTONNZ

Wellington’s Early Stage businesses with ambition to scale fall into a support gap. Unlike startups, these businesses don’t have access to support services that help them increase their revenue, impact or staff.

WREDA has created a suite of services for these businesses. The first of these is ‘Experts on Demand’ – a platform matching founders to expertise when extra help is needed most. Experts on Demand reduces the stress and workload of the full-time team while increasing sales & productivity. This service enables businesses to reach their full potential faster.

SAFER SOONER

JOINT VENTURE BUSINESS UNIT

Aotearoa has one of the highest rates of family violence in the developed world. Preventing and responding to family violence presents a massive opportunity to improve the well-being of many New Zealanders.

The Joint Venture Team’s digital ecosystem promotes collective responsibility by creating transparency between government and non-government agencies.

This cohesive approach aligns and prioritises resources to better support families in times of crisis. Family violence cannot be solved by the efforts of a single agency so our solution focuses on supporting multi-agency safety responses. The approach is strengths-based, celebrates small successes and acknowledges the personal and social goals that lead to a greater sense of safety and well-being.

WCC ACCESS

WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL

1 in 4 people in Wellington currently have a disability or impairment. This means they’re not able to fully participate in city life.

The Accessibility Space will be part of the city that provides a seamless experience for all people – a place where everyone can easily move around and access all services. The solution will also include an online platform where anyone can find all the accessibility information they need.

The purpose of the physical and online space is two-fold; with the power to give people with disabilities space to live a barrier-free life and, just as important, providing people of all abilities visiting the space with awareness of the physical and social barriers faced by people in our city.

WATER LEAKAGE DETECTION BY BIG DATA & MACHINE LEARNING

TAIWAN WATER CORPORATION – WATER SAVIOUR

With previous, well-received experience in Taiwan working with local water utilities to conduct system trials, Water Saviour is working with NZ public sector agencies to discover their most important challenges when it comes to water efficiency.

With a limited capability to detect and repair water leakages efficiently and effectively, governments are turning to Water Saviour who are working with big data and machine learning technologies to detect and report water leakages on pipelines automatically, efficiently and accurately.

Their solution will reduce water loss, cost of labour and improve repair times in order to save water – a worldwide problem.

PĀMU ORA

MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The quality of Aotearoa’s freshwater system is under pressure from years of population growth and changes in land use and practices. Many of our rivers and lakes are unsafe for swimming and 75% of our native fish species are in danger of extinction.

Managing freshwater quality is a complex issue. Pāmu Ora is a cloud-based catchment management tool designed to improve decision-making and collaboration at catchment and farm scale to improve freshwater quality.

Pāmu Ora aggregates scientific and cultural data, remote sensor data and spatial views of land and water, and also provides intervention options, case studies, planning tools and video content to support change.

EARS – SAFER SEAS FOR ALBATROSS

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION SOUTHERN SEABIRDS TRUST

Since 2005, 75% of the Antipodean Wandering Albatross breeding population has been lost. At this rate of decline, in five years, the remaining population will half, and in 20 years they will be functionally extinct. If we don’t act now it will be too late.

Why? It seems the single biggest factor causing albatross decline comes from being caught on fishing hooks from longline fishing vessels.

Engaging with industry, government and NGOs in New Zealand, Japan, Chile, the US, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands, the team has developed EARS – the Electronic Automated Reporting System.

EARS aims to reduce bycatch mortality in international waters and stop or reverse the decline. It monitors compliance with internationally regulated mitigations while incentivising vessels with better management and supply chain transparency.

THE 2019 COHORT

The Lightning Lab GovTech 2019 cohort was made up of a variety of local and central government projects that fit into broad themes including E-government, Transport and Wellbeing

MANAWA

A TOOL TO COLLECT WHĀNAU VOICE AND COMBINE IT WITH EXISTING DATA TO SHIFT THE WAY WE CONTRACT IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR

Te Hau Awhiowhio o Otangarei trust, Te tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Charitable Trust and Social Investment Agency (SIA)

There are significant inequalities between Māori and non-Māori. This gap exists in health and social outcomes, but it also exists in trust and in who is listened to. Manawa have created a tool to amplify whānau voice in the social sector, asking whānau about their wellbeing and how they find their services.

The new information is then combined with existing information to produce holistic, whānau-centred insights for service providers and agencies to adjust, change and redesign the services they deliver.Special thanks to the Westpac Government Innovation fund for their support on this project.

SWELL

HOW CAN TODAY’S EMERGING TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY PEOPLE TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR WELL-BEING IN THEIR SENIOR YEARS?

Horowhenua District Council and Electra

New Zealand’s over 65 population is going to double in the next 10 years.  The current approach to delivering care for this community across a range of complex health issues simply will not cope.

The SWELL team seeks to match the appropriate carer to the requesting senior using a product-service system with artificial intelligence. This platform will allow our community of seniors to access the care and support they actually require at a time that works for them, allowing them to age in place and improve their overall wellbeing.

ARRIVE

AN OPEN MOBILITY MARKETPLACE FOR WELLINGTON CITIZENS TO DISCOVER AND COMPARE A RANGE OF TRANSPORT OPTIONS TO HELP THEM ARRIVE AT THEIR DESTINATION

Greater Wellington Regional Council, Centrality, Wellington City Council, Ministry of Transport and Iomob

The Arrive team has defined the common barriers encountered when trying to use sustainable and public forms of transport and aims to make life easier for Wellington commuters.

Their solution will provide Wellingtonians with the ability to compare the cost, duration, and environmental impact of different transport options as well as the ability to book and pay for all their trips using a single app.

ACTIVATE INNOVATION

UNLOCKING THE INNOVATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR THROUGH DATA DRIVEN INSIGHTS

Creative HQ

Successful innovative initiatives often occur in isolated pockets as the result of individual efforts rather than as a result of a supportive and empowering institutional environment. A more cohesive approach is required and leaders need better insights to make this a reality.

Activate Innovation developed an Innovation Barometer that will collect data and insights that can be clearly articulated to senior leaders, showing them the areas within their organisations where they could take action and give examples of how to best achieve this.

STRIDE

MAKING PEOPLE’S FIRST STEP TO ACCESSING SUPPORT FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE THE EASIEST STEP TO TAKE

National Council of Independent Women’s Refuges and Ministry of Social Development

New Zealand has a family violence problem, with as many as one in three people experiencing some form of domestic violence in their life. This is happening out of the public eye which makes it difficult to provide help and support to the people who need it most.

The aim of Stride is to create a centralised source of information, connection, and support that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.

ENGAGING IN A SMART CITY

MAXIMISING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS

Wellington City Council

With less than 40% of Wellington showing up to vote, and considerably less taking the time to put in their two cents throughout the term, the city needs to find a way to get more people involved in local decision making. The team has created a way to engage a wider range of people in conversations about public interest projects.

The proposed solution is a multi-channelled digital platform where people can create personalised profiles which filters through the decisions they want to engage with, based on what they care about, as well as an analytics back-end to assist Councils in understanding public sentiment.

MY INFO. MY WAY.

GIVING NEW ZEALANDERS TRANSPARENCY AND CONTROL OF THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Department of Internal Affairs and ACC

In an age where data breaches are of great concern, it is increasingly important for Kiwis to know where their information is going. However, many New Zealanders sign away a large chunk of info simply by clicking a “YES” box on a website.

My Info. My Way. allows users to track which government organisations have their personal information, how it is used and what they agreed to in the first place.

Think Kaka

PROTECTING NATURE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE HUMAN WASTE MANAGEMENT

Department of Conservation (DOC)

The amount of resources spent managing human waste by DOC is something many New Zealanders would rather keep out of sight and out of mind. However, innovative and sustainable human waste solutions do exist.

Think Kaka will support people in DOC to make robust, sustainable decisions around wastewater by developing diagnostic and site characterisation tools. These will match the needs of the location with an approved inventory of waste water solutions through a site assessment.

THE RISK CALCULATORS

REALISTIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR COMPLEX PROJECTS

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Planning and delivering public transport infrastructure projects in Wellington is a highly complex exercise. Risks to on-time delivery include delays in public consultation, consenting, approvals and procurement. The Risk Calculators team at GWRC has developed a smart online tool to better identify and manage these risks, delivering better public transport infrastructure projects across Wellington.

Since completion of the GovTech programme, the team has been scaling up the tool across all of Greater Wellington’s capital budgets (including flood protection and regional parks projects and programmes), with completion expected by mid- 2020.

IRA

AN INDIGENOUS DIGITAL IDENTITY SOLUTION THAT HELPS ENABLE TRUSTWORTHY, SECURE
AND MANA ENHANCING ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR WH NAU, HAPŪ, AND IWI

Department of Internal Affairs and Ahau

Having a connection to traditional Māori practices in the digital age can be a challenge for many Māori living in New Zealand. Through the creation of a self-sovereign Māori digital identity passport, Ira will be a starting point where individuals and whānau can use this platform to enable their personal information to be verified, shared, or connected with on their own terms.

THE 2018 COHORT

The inaugural Lightning Lab GovTech cohort was made out of 12 project teams. Each of the projects fit into one of the following broad themes: DIGITAL FUTURE, ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY.

UNLOCKED

WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL – HOUSING

Wellington’s population is growing, and the housing demand with it, however, the amount of land left to develop is limited. That land exists in small pockets across the city, some of it in the backyards of existing properties.

Unlocked can help make homes happen in Wellington, and beyond, by educating landowners of the development potential of their land and bringing together a range of information into one simple tool.

COMMUNITY CONNECT

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

New Zealand’s digital divide means too many citizens lack affordable and accessible internet. Unable to fully engage with digitally-enabled services, these New Zealanders are denied the full range of opportunities available to their peers, be it in; education, health, housing or any other digital public service. These people are missing out, and their wellbeing is affected.

The Equitable Digital Access team are using insights from current education pilots and the Lightning Lab process to connect communities and funders. By pulling together community information, government and private sector data they are able to raise inclusion and close the digital divide for future generations.

MĀRAMA

GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL COUNCIL

Greater Wellington Regional Council spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year on important assets and projects, but the public feel they are brought into the decision-making process too late, if they participate, they don’t understand what happens to their feedback and find the experience frustrating and impersonal.

We want council to make decisions in the region that people understand and contribute to.

Mārama is a formal consultation platform developed with users to enhance their user experience. Mārama promotes ease of use, transparency and understanding of the decisionmaking process. Users will be able to contribute with ease, understand why and when projects are happening, see the wider community’s viewpoints, track their feedback through the process and understand how it comes together with other inputs to influence final decisions.

YOUTH VOICE

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Young people are passionate. They’re keen to have their voices heard but, globally, are becoming increasingly disengaged with governments and policy advisors who don’t know how to reach them and processes that don’t feel empowering.

Fortunately, in New Zealand there is a growing willingness to engage with young people when designing policy and services.

Bridging this divide between policy and youth, we’re starting with social media before moving through to an all-of-government engagement hub. This will ultimately help create value; giving young people their rightful voice, making engagement easier for policy creators and better, more representative policies for New Zealand.

SUPERSMOOTH

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

How can you prove that you are you? Having a secure, trusted, easy to use digital identity is the future and will allow New Zealanders to assert their digital rights and participate in the growing digital economy. 200,000 baby boomers will apply for superannuation over the next two years. Interviewing each applicant to check their identity documentation with old utility bills and certified, scanned copies of passports will take up valuable time and frustrate those involved.

Using new technologies – such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and facial biometrics – allows applicants to prove who they are without presenting in person. This project has been working with the Ministry of Social Development to address this need but they know that this wider impacts across all Government services.

SPRING

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Poverty haunts more than 600,000 kiwis. Hunger, stress, and social isolation follow. Existing services including financial mentors and a national helpline are ready to help. However, only one in ten people experiencing poverty use these services each year.

The team travelled around the country to ask the people who don’t use these services: “What’s needed?”

After the understandable answer of “more money”, the wider answer is hope – better ways to connect with training, advice, and opportunities. Based on their insights, the team has created Spring: an ecosystem of empowerment, information, expert advice and incentives which provides people the power to improve their financial wellbeing and self-esteem.

EXPERTS ON DEMAND

WELLINGTONNZ

Wellington’s Early Stage businesses with ambition to scale fall into a support gap. Unlike startups, these businesses don’t have access to support services that help them increase their revenue, impact or staff.

WREDA has created a suite of services for these businesses. The first of these is ‘Experts on Demand’ – a platform matching founders to expertise when extra help is needed most. Experts on Demand reduces the stress and workload of the full-time team while increasing sales & productivity. This service enables businesses to reach their full potential faster.

SAFER SOONER

JOINT VENTURE BUSINESS UNIT

Aotearoa has one of the highest rates of family violence in the developed world. Preventing and responding to family violence presents a massive opportunity to improve the well-being of many New Zealanders.

The Joint Venture Team’s digital ecosystem promotes collective responsibility by creating transparency between government and non-government agencies.

This cohesive approach aligns and prioritises resources to better support families in times of crisis. Family violence cannot be solved by the efforts of a single agency so our solution focuses on supporting multi-agency safety responses. The approach is strengths-based, celebrates small successes and acknowledges the personal and social goals that lead to a greater sense of safety and well-being.

WCC ACCESS

WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL

1 in 4 people in Wellington currently have a disability or impairment. This means they’re not able to fully participate in city life.

The Accessibility Space will be part of the city that provides a seamless experience for all people – a place where everyone can easily move around and access all services. The solution will also include an online platform where anyone can find all the accessibility information they need.

The purpose of the physical and online space is two-fold; with the power to give people with disabilities space to live a barrier-free life and, just as important, providing people of all abilities visiting the space with awareness of the physical and social barriers faced by people in our city.

WATER LEAKAGE DETECTION BY BIG DATA & MACHINE LEARNING

TAIWAN WATER CORPORATION – WATER SAVIOUR

With previous, well-received experience in Taiwan working with local water utilities to conduct system trials, Water Saviour is working with NZ public sector agencies to discover their most important challenges when it comes to water efficiency.

With a limited capability to detect and repair water leakages efficiently and effectively, governments are turning to Water Saviour who are working with big data and machine learning technologies to detect and report water leakages on pipelines automatically, efficiently and accurately.

Their solution will reduce water loss, cost of labour and improve repair times in order to save water – a worldwide problem.

PĀMU ORA

MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The quality of Aotearoa’s freshwater system is under pressure from years of population growth and changes in land use and practices. Many of our rivers and lakes are unsafe for swimming and 75% of our native fish species are in danger of extinction.

Managing freshwater quality is a complex issue. Pāmu Ora is a cloud-based catchment management tool designed to improve decision-making and collaboration at catchment and farm scale to improve freshwater quality.

Pāmu Ora aggregates scientific and cultural data, remote sensor data and spatial views of land and water, and also provides intervention options, case studies, planning tools and video content to support change.

EARS – SAFER SEAS FOR ALBATROSS

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION SOUTHERN SEABIRDS TRUST

Since 2005, 75% of the Antipodean Wandering Albatross breeding population has been lost. At this rate of decline, in five years, the remaining population will half, and in 20 years they will be functionally extinct. If we don’t act now it will be too late.

Why? It seems the single biggest factor causing albatross decline comes from being caught on fishing hooks from longline fishing vessels.

Engaging with industry, government and NGOs in New Zealand, Japan, Chile, the US, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands, the team has developed EARS – the Electronic Automated Reporting System.

EARS aims to reduce bycatch mortality in international waters and stop or reverse the decline. It monitors compliance with internationally regulated mitigations while incentivising vessels with better management and supply chain transparency.

Got an idea for a project for 2020? We want to hear from you!