Bay of Plenty Regional Council regularly monitors the state of our local environment to have our finger on the pulse with what’s happening above and below ground in our rohe.
By capturing and interpreting data, we can plan, protect and sustainably manage our natural resources so our communities can thrive.
Why do we do this?
Our Mahere Taiao Science plan for 2020-2023 is centred around Te Hononga o ngā Mātauranga, the joining of knowledge.
The Plan is a tool to help guide us in providing high-quality science support, ensuring decisions are made based on reliable and up-to-date science. It also improves the visibility of science and research being undertaken and highlights current priorities.
What do we do?
We take a holistic approach, ki uta ki tai (mountains to sea), as everything in our environment is interconnected. What affects one aspect of the taiao (environment) will have an impact in other areas. Nothing was meant to live in isolation, and so, the mauri (life force) of everything that exists in the taiao is all relative.
Māori understood tohu (signs) given by the whenua (land), to enable the protection of our natural resources. If the land and the water is healthy, so too will the people be.
We have developed a framework for our monitoring work using whakapapa. Whakapapa means to place “layer upon layer” – it derives from papa, anything broad and flat, and from whaka - a prefix that enables something to occur. It demonstrates interconnectivity between everything placing humans in an environmental context with all other flora, fauna and natural resources.