Major new research alliance launched

11 April 2014
Greg Holland (Auckland City Council), Professor Gillian Lewis, Professor Paul Kench and Associate Professor and Acting Dean of Science, Greg Anson

High-quality research to help make Auckland the world’s most liveable city is the basis for a major new alliance between the University of Auckland and Auckland Council.

The Auckland Environment Observatory is a new strategic partnership between the two organisations, consolidating the wide range of environmental research programmes the University carries out on behalf of the people of Auckland. Research programmes and activities already provided by the University include terrestrial ecology and conservation, freshwater science, coastal and marine science and climate and air quality.

A new Research Steering Committee, made up of representatives from the University’s School of Biological Sciences, School of Environment and Institute of Marine Science, as well as Council staff, will oversee engagement across research areas and monitor contract performance.

Examples of the monitoring and research programmes that will come under the new agreement include stormwater quality, invasive weed monitoring in the Hauraki Gulf and Avian disease screening.

University of Auckland Head of the School of Environment, Professor Paul Kench, said the new structure recognised the strong contribution the University made to the health and quality of Auckland’s environment.

“We are delighted to have formed this new partnership and look forward to continuing our role as a key research provider to Auckland Council.”