Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao – Open Waters Aotearoa

At its heart, Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao – Open Waters Aotearoa is about building bridges between people and nature.

About the programme

Our Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao – Open Waters Aotearoa programme connects communities with science and their local environment, through exploration and discovery.

What is environmental DNA

Environmental DNA, or eDNA, refers to all the tiny traces of genetic material that is left behind as living things pass through water or soil.

How we collect and analyse eDNA

Because DNA is a tiny molecule found within the cells of living creatures (along with other molecular bits and bobs), you need special tools to pick up it up.

Explore the Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao map

Explore our eDNA map and discover the species around Aotearoa New Zealand.

Get involved

If you are part of a community group, hapū, or school who would like to explore and discover your local waterway using eDNA, get in touch.