Biosecurity award for Waikato Regional Council

Friday 19 Apr 2024

Earlier this month Waikato Regional Council’s kauri protection programme won the Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award at the 2024 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Pest Plant team leader Darion Embling, who collected the award on behalf of the council at the awards ceremony at Parliament last night, says southern kauri populations are vital to a future of kauri, being almost free from kauri disease.

To help protect these majestic trees, the council helped advocate for national funding and rules to protect kauri for many years. That advocacy led to the Government investing $32 million into kauri protection over five years to 2026. Embling says funding received by the council as part of that enabled its kauri protection team to ramp up its protection work, particularly in education.

The team commissioned award-winning special effects and prop company Wētā Workshop Ltd to create a scale model of a mature kauri tree, which includes the widespread root system that is vulnerable to PA.

It also led the development of Kauri Pou Kaitikai, a virtual reality (VR) experience to help influence the behaviour change required to protect kauri, and which includes a visual narrative about the cultural, spiritual and ecological significance of kauri and an interactive shoe- cleaning game.

Image: Tree Model - Wētā Workshop created a scale model of a mature kauri tree, which includes its widespread root system.

More >>

Source: Waikato Regional Council

Friday Offcuts Advertise Here

Share |

Copyright 2004-2024 © Innovatek Ltd. All rights reserved.