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Waikato wetland research to help manage water quality in Fiji

Submitted by on September 22, 2013 – 4:16 pm

CAPTION: Waikato to the world: KuDos Awards finalist Chris Tanner’s wetland research is helping to improve water quality in Fiji.

PRESS RELEASE – the  kudos Hamilton Science Excellence Awards

Waikato scientist Chris Tanner has taken his wetland research to the world to improve water management and sanitation.

Chris is a finalist for the Waikato Regional Council Environmental Science Award in the The KuDos Hamilton Science Excellence Awards for the benefit his research has on water quality both in New Zealand and Fiji.

Chris is being commended for the way his research has created solutions for the treatment of wastewater to address a variety of water quality issues. His focus is on improving the efficiency of
manmade wetlands to improve water cleanliness.

Practical application of his work has been encouraged both nationally and internationally which has benefitted in cleaner and more efficient water use for local communities. His projects have included village sanitation projects in Fiji, as well as projects for improved water quality in small communities, towns and marae across New Zealand.

Carolyn Lundquist is also a finalist for the environmental award. Her work on ecosystems in oceans and lakes has included projects such as sustainable fishery management and shellfish restoration.

Her research findings are important to help maintain healthy water ecosystems in New Zealand.

The KuDos Awards recognise top science achievements in the Waikato region. With hundreds of PhD scientists, the Waikato is a hothouse for innovation in the science industry.

“Science is important, it is the feeder of change and new ideas,” says Bob Simcock, the Chair of the Hamilton Science Awards Trust.

Now in its seventh year, the KuDos Awards creates a chance to recognise science achievements, while attendees enjoy a black tie dinner and an awards presentation.

Tickets are open to the general public and can be ordered at www.thekudos.org.nz.  Comedian and TV presenter, Te Radar, is this year’s event Master of Ceremonies.

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