Tech to protect, restore and enjoy Taranaki's environment

Learn how locals in Taranaki protect the environment in unique and innovative ways.

What's it all about?

Tech to protect, restore and enjoy Taranaki's environment will be held at Puke Ariki, an integrated knowledge hub located at the heart of New Plymouth.

The event will start with a welcome/introduction to Puke Ariki and their work on digital and environmental initiatives. 

After the introduction, four different speakers from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors will share their stories about innovation, technology and environment in the Taranaki region.

The evening will finish with some "mix and mingle" time, where you can meet and talk with the presenters and other attendees.

Ready to know more about citizen science, drones, machine learning and environmental conservation in Taranaki? 


*We will be recording the event so you can virtually join us. Watch this space for a link to the video.


You can drop into this event at any time.


Tuesday 28 Jul
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Dr Victor Anton

CEO of

Victor is the founder of, a non-profit organisation that uses artificial intelligence for wildlife conservation. He is a nature and technology enthusiastic who enjoys researching, learning and teaching about ecology.

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Ben Plummer

CEO of Drone Technologies NZ Ltd

Ben is excited to use diverse skills in "tech start up" for environmental purposes. He recently received the environmental leadership in business award for his work at Drone Technologies NZ.

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Joshua Richardson

project coordinator of the Taranaki Participatory Science Platform

Josh is passionate for creating opportunities through science and technology for the Taranaki community. He has a background in marine science, applying his expertise in research and idea development to support community groups to develop their own investigations and collaborate with science and technology professionals.

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Tim Sjoberg

Biodiversity co-ordinator at Taranaki Mounga

Tim has extensive experience with invertebrate monitoring and pest control operations. He completed a Master of Science which included investigating pest animal behaviour towards control devices.


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