Lincoln University’s Nina Valley Ecoblitz, supported in part by the Brian Mason Trust Fund and run by Dr Jon Sullivan, was a great success in bringing together experienced researchers and high school students to study ecology. 176 students from 21 Canterbury and Westland schools participated for a weekend, collecting invertebrate specimens which were subsequently identified and curated.
The Nina Valley EcoBlitz won the Supreme Award at the 2014 national Green Ribbon Awards, run by the Ministry for the Environment. It also won the Communications and Education category. The Nina Valley Ecoblitz has formed the model on which a number of further events have been based, the hub of these activities is the website http://ecoblitz.nz
For the advancement of scientific and technical objectives in Canterbury & Westland, New Zealand.