Swimming and drinking water resources created by ESR Māori scientist and Mahia tamariki

ESR Māori Impact Scientist Georgia Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto, Pare Hauraki and Ngāti Pu) has inspired pupils from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Perehuia in Mahia about the value of science, by working with them to develop books conveying important water quality testing protocols that will help improve the health of local awa (rivers).

The books, He wai ora mahere Mātai i ngā Waikaukau – Is Our Water Safe for Swimming?, apply a Te Ao Māori lens to raise awareness about testing the safety of drinking water as well as local awa used for gathering mahinga kai (traditional harvested foods), and for leisure activities like kau (swimming).

The books are a visual aid containing a protocol depicting the flow of work required to test water for the faecal indicator E. coli, an indicator of faecal contamination.

Download the resources
Te Reo Māori version [PDF, 7 MB]
English language version [PDF, 7 MB]