There are two tumu in this research programme: Monitoring  and  Training. Connections are woven throughout each of the platform themes to these tumu to provide grounding, context, real-world impact, and applicability to the research.

Monitoring  is fundamental to our understanding of the marine environment today and what will come in the future. To prepare for and predict what will be, we must know what is. To manage and restore, we must observe and record change, applying diverse methods that help us understand and mitigate the broader impacts of a changing marine environment. Dr Daniel Pritchard (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) and Dr Kim Currie (NIWA) will lead the  Monitoring  tumu. 

Monitoring Tumu leads

Dr Daniel Pritchard
Dr Kim Currie

Monitoring  strengthens our understanding of coastal seas, of coastal people and will connect our programme across the South Pacific. A predictive platform will be provided for coastal communities preparing for the future while building local context through gathering data on what is and what was. Existing marine environmental time series (e.g. the Munida, Portobello and Leigh Marine Laboratory time series) will be supported and expanded on. Innovation by diversifying the type of data gathered (e.g. taonga species, well-being, local observations, historical) will provide greater context for climatic events and build predictive power into existing and new data sets. 

The Monitoring theme includes: 

  1. Monitoring frameworks
  2. Time series data
  3. Anchor sites: Key partnerships 
The following sections detail existing monitoring programmes that Coastal People: Southern Skies will support and build off: Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai, Coastal Acidification – Rates, Impact, Management (CARIM), Navigating towards a whānau-based health model, and He Pātaka Wai Ora.

Our values are central to all that we do, and all our actions are underpinned by these values; our values are based on KAITIAKITANGA and MANA:

Meaningful, authentic, Natural, Action