Mo­bile app en­cour­ages clean river

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The Waikato River Au­thor­ity is us­ing a Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil mo­bile app to get peo­ple en­gaged with the clean-up of the river.

Waikato River Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Pen­ter says the au­thor­ity, which over­sees the Vi­sion & Strat­egy for the im­proved health and well­be­ing of the Waikato and Waipa¯ rivers, has 250 projects it’s funded on a chan­nel of the My Waikato app.

My Waikato, which is free to down­load, is an app on which the re­gional coun­cil shares data and in­for­ma­tion via a pin drop on a map.

“We have seven years of funded projects marked on the app, with quite a lot of de­tail pro­vided,” says Mr Pen­ter.

“The task to re­store and pro­tect the river is a huge un­der­tak­ing, and we be­lieve that My Waikato will go some way to­ward help­ing us get more peo­ple en­gaged and par­tic­i­pat­ing in river clean-up. Any­thing that can help har­ness so­cial change as part of the Vi­sion & Strat­egy is ex­tremely worth­while.”

Other in­for­ma­tion cur­rently be­ing shared on My Waikato in­cludes projects worked on by En­vi­roschools in the re­gion. The pub­lic can also use the My Waikato app to re­port pos­si­ble breaches of the Re­source Man­age­ment Act, such as dis­charges to water and air or il­le­gal earth­works on the land and in coastal en­vi­ron­ments.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­gage­ment sec­tion man­ager Ni­cola Chrisp says the free app was de­vel­oped as a fast and sim­ple way for the coun­cil and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to share what’s hap­pen­ing in the Waikato re­gion.

“My Waikato shows you a cool in­ter­ac­tive map, with pins dropped at lo­ca­tions of in­ter­est. Pins can be about all sorts of top­ics like the en­vi­ron­ment, econ­omy and the com­mu­nity. Each topic ap­pears as a layer or chan­nel. You choose which chan­nels you want to view. “If you come across a load of dead fish in the water, a weird smell or some­thing else un­usual in the en­vi­ron­ment, you can drop a pin on the map to in­stantly let the coun­cil know.

“The app en­ables com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and cit­i­zen science through smart, real-time, geospe­cific tech­nol­ogy. It spa­tially cap­tures ob­ser­va­tions so users can see and re­port on the things they care about, and makes in­for­ma­tion from many dif­fer­ent au­thor­i­ties eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from a sin­gle source.”

Users can click on an ex­ist­ing pin to view the de­tails as well as share their own com­ment on it for oth­ers to see and re­spond to.

Ms Chrisp says new chan­nels of work will be added to My Waikato

If you come across a load of dead fish in the water, a weird smell or some­thing else un­usual in the en­vi­ron­ment, you can drop a pin on the map to in­stantly let the coun­cil know. Ni­cola Chrisp Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil

ac­cord­ing to de­mand. Sim­ply search for My Waikato in your iOS or An­droid app store to down­load the app for free. ■ If you want to see a par­tic­u­lar chan­nel added or have any feed­back about the app, email dig­i­tal@waika­tore­gion.govt.nz.

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My Waikato, which is free to down­load, is an app on which the re­gional coun­cil shares data and in­for­ma­tion about the state of the Waikato River.

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