Research Case Studies

Antarctica – a diversity of life in waiting

Antarctica's dry valleys have long been regarded as the closest thing on Earth to the surface of Mars – a cold, lifeless desert.

Killing koi could be the key to saving the lakes

Native fish and plants are in decline in most New Zealand lakes and waterways. Pest fish and invasive weeds out-compete native species, and they also alter the environment to cause proliferation of harmful algal blooms.

What price cleaner water?

Environmental economists based at Waikato Management School have been trying to put a value on some of the benefits of cleaner water in the Rotorua Lakes by looking at property prices and the behaviour of anglers.

Safeguarding the future of Tauranga Harbour

Tauranga Harbour is coming under the microscope to ensure future development in the area is sustainable.

Restoring a city's natural ecosystems

Work on restoring a Hamilton park will provide a model for restoring ecosystems in cities in New Zealand and around the world.

New Zealand's pastures: Carbon sinks or sieves?

Soil matters: 17 percent of our GDP depends on the top 15 centimetres of our soil.

Sustainable urban living

With its small population, substantial renewable energy and natural resources, and stunning landscape, New Zealand has a unique opportunity to secure a high quality of life for its people, sustainable for future generations.

Schools embrace environmental education

Environmental education is now a fundamental part of the school curriculum, and the University of Waikato is a key provider of teaching and research in this area.

Balancing biodiversity and cultural needs

The New Zealand government may need to revisit its obligations under international laws to protect biodiversity in the wake of a Waitangi Tribunal report on the Wai 262 claim.

Our environment – legacy of our colonial past?

We live in a society forged by the experience of empire. It affects our education, beliefs and values, the language we speak, and even the pressing social and political issues we face today.