Tech Te Taiao

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Tech te Taiao recognises that for us to take more impactful action, we need reliable, real time data on which to base our decisions. It also recognises that access to the depth, breadth and quality of data that we need, requires use of appropriate technologies.

WAI Wānaka are working with partners towards a low cost, high quality solution that would see the Upper Clutha endowed with a network of technologies with ultra low power requirements, feeding environmental data back to a single portal.

In the short term, this would be data on pest trapping and water quality with, over time, the addition of other technologies including birdsong, soil and air quality monitoring. Ultimately, insights from this data will help us understand how impactful we are through our chosen actions and inform a programme of work to continually improve the outcomes we can achieve.

Still in its early stages, this project will see engagement with a range of local and national stakeholders over the coming months to seek support to continue this work. Ultimately, the aim is for this project to support the Catchment Wide Monitoring work, the Upper Clutha Biodiversity Strategy implementation and contribute to delivery on Travel to a Thriving Future, the Southern Lakes Destination Management Plan locally.

While the focus of WAI Wānaka is primarily the local application of this concept to support delivery on our vision, it is highly scalable and replicable for broader coverage across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tech Te Taiao mesh
An example of Tech Te Taiao in action, using a range of monitoring points within the basin.

Project updates

WAI Wānaka has a working prototype in place now, enabling the testing of the technology and proving of the concept using AT220 self-setting pest traps. Continuous technology improvements such as the addition of Artificial Intelligence is helping ensure that these traps trigger only with target species and are increasingly effective.

Ongoing discussions with other technology providers such as Aquawatch with their water monitoring device are providing opportunities to extend the range of data collected. On top of that, the growing interest from funders will ultimately support extending the geographical reach of the network.