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ESR is New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Our world-class knowledge, research and laboratory services help our partners and clients solve complex problems and protect people in New Zealand and around the world.

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Engaging communities to reduce contaminants in biowaste

Every day we use dozens of household cleaning products and personal care products. These get flushed down the drain and into our wastewater systems or septic tanks, but what happens to them when they're out in our environment?

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Optimising the process for microplastic analysis

Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that come from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes.

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Managing the risk of emerging organic contaminants

Emerging Organic Contaminants (EOCs) are natural or manufactured chemicals in household and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and agrichemicals; their use and discharge is largely unregulated.

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Restoring the health and wellbeing of the lake and whanau of Matahuru

At one time Lake Waikare at Lower Waikato was a source of sustenance for the whanau of Matahuru.

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Recreational shellfish gathering guidelines

New Zealand has a strong cultural relationship with the oceans. The recreational gathering of coastal seafood such as mussels, pāua, pipi and cockles has strong traditional origins with Māori but it is practised by members of communities across all sectors of society.

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Using New Zealand native vegetation to improve water quality

According to the report Our Fresh Water 2017 by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the continuous degradation of water quality is the main environmental issue that needs urgent consideration.

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