TTW attends SERA 2021 – Darwin, Australia

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt and Marcus Rongowhitiao-Shadbolt speak at  SERA 2021 Conference – Darwin, Australia (May 2021) In May, TTW was invited to present at this year’s SERA (Society of Ecological Restoration Australasia) conference in Darwin Australia. This conference is one of the first in-person conferences to take place in Australia after COVID, and our first opportunity to…


BioHeritage Adaptive Governance and Policy Instruments Launch

Bioheritage Adaptive Governance and Policy Biosecurity Instruments Launch On March 31, 2021, TTW CEO Melanie Mark Shadbolt, who is also the Kaihautū Ngātahi for the Bioheritage National Science Challenge, presented at the Wellington launch of Biodiversity Instruments Report.  The Bioheritage National Science Challenge and the Adaptive Governance & Policy Team (S07) commissioned Climate Innovation Lab…


TTW to hold online SEED WĀNANGA

UPCOMING TTW EVENT: JOIN THE KŌRERO ‘THE FUTURE OF SEEDS’ In December 2017, 23 kaitiaki were trained in seed conservation techniques by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, Kew UK, the Australian Seed Bank Partnership, and Te Tira Whakamātaki (TTW).  From 2017-2019 TTW purchased and distributed nine seed drum kits valued at around $5,000 each. These, and…



SEED-BANKING DRUM KIT DELIVERED On 5 February 2021, Te Tira Whakamātaki delivered a seed-banking drum kit to Ngā Tirairaka o Ngāti Hine Trust. A seed-banking drum kit is a special and valuable kit that enables whānau to collect, dry and store seeds from local taonga plants using the latest science equipment. The kits are easy to…

Urawera panels

EMPOWERING INDIGENOUS VOICES: A publication by Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt (TTW Research Assistant) in partnership with our Kāhui member James (Tahae) Doherty

Empowering Indigenous Voices: A publication by Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt (TTW Research Assistant) in partnership with our Kāhui member James (Tahae) Doherty TTW’s newest Research Assistant, Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt co-authored his second published paper recently entitled ‘Empowering the Indigenous voice in a graphical representation of Aotearoa’s bio-cultural heritage (flora and fauna)‘.  Co-authors included many of the TTW team…

Mel and Andrea

Thank you and farewell Dr Andrea Byrom

Thank you and farewell Dr Andrea Byrom 2020 sees us farewell a stalwart in the science sector including five years as Challenge Director at the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.  Andrea is stepping down to spend more time with her retired partner, as well as focus on her board commitments, including the recently appointed role on the Environmental Protection Authority…

Marcus graduation

Congratulations Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt

Congratulations Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt Our newest staff member, Research Assistant Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt, graduated from the University of Canterbury this month with a Bachelor of Science majoring in biological sciences and philosophy.  Here, Marcus is pictured with his whānau at the ceremony.  Already working with our kaumātua and regional leaders, we are looking forward to seeing Marcus’ work…