28 Aug 2014

Marine partnership launched in NZ

8:54 am on 28 August 2014

A new partnership based in New Zealand will offer incentives for research into marine conservation in the Pacific.

Conservation International or CI, and the University of Auckland, launched a new programme in Auckland Wednesday evening, aiming at building scientific capacity and research in the Pacific.

Conservation International's Pacific Island and New Zealand Executive Director, Sue Miller-Taei, says New Zealand needs to see itself as part of the Pacific and CI will offer internships and masters scholarships in ocean work to promote the search for solutions for marine management.

"We have initiatives that have opportunities for students to contribute their research, contribute their energy and their mana and we would like to support them. So those are students coming in from the region to have opportunities here and students from New Zealand, to learn more about the Pacific."

Sue Miller-Taei says Conservation International has invested $17 million US dollars in the Pacific and the new partnership will include a focus on the Cook Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia and Palau.