The research being carried out in this project is designed to be responsive to the needs of the many different stakeholder groups in the catchment. These stakeholders include a range of groups within the catchment (residents, industry, local government, agencies, community groups, etc.), as well as those whose livelihoods take them into the catchment and the marine environment of Tasman Bay to work or play.
In the early phases of setting up the project, key stakeholders with interests in the Motueka River catchment were asked about the research they needed, and their responses have helped shape the design of the current programme. The ongoing involvement of stakeholders in helping refine future work in the programme is seen as a priority and is managed in a number of ways to ensure the relevance of our science.
We have also established a Community Reference Group with whom we communicate and liaise with on a regular basis to act as a first point of contact with the community. Our involvement with the CRG does not replace more direct work undertaken with individual stakeholder interests.
If any groups wish to contact us to find out more about the programme directly we are happy to talk to you directly. Key contacts for different areas of the programme can be found through the contacts page.