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RiverWatch Water Tester provides the solution to Aotearoa New Zealand’s worsening river and freshwater health. A sentinel in our rivers, RiverWatch remotely monitors and records water quality for New Zealanders and the future of our water.

Awarded the WWF Conservation Innovation Award 2016 and a finalist in the 2017 Wellington Gold Awards, RiverWatch is equipped with unique probes, that monitor a variety of water quality data, including pH level, temperature, conductivity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen.

Riverwatch is designed for New Zealand conditions. It is solar-powered and able to be remotely monitored, and is suited for temporary or permanent site applications. The base unit is constructed using quality componentry for real-world application in New Zealand rivers and at one tenth the cost of current monitoring.

Designed and manufactured by a New Zealand-based not-for-profit, Riverwatch will be available at a minimal cost, currently estimated at $2,000 per unit. Income from RiverWatch goes directly back to conservation innovation, research and development for future generations of New Zealanders.

RiverWatch has gained support from water scientists, regional and local councils, citizen scientists, community groups, iwi organisations, farmers and fishermen – within New Zealand and internationally.

What we do

WaiNZ is a national grassroots organisation that aims to reduce freshwater pollution by using technology to empower the public to be the guardians of our waterways. We are tackling freshwater issues by giving the public the power to record and report on pollution or enhancement of freshwater from anywhere in the country. Learn more about WaiNZ and it's initiative here.

Help us clean up New Zealand's freshwater:

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View the good, the bad and the ugly freshwater management in your area using our unique Map which includes all waterways in NZ. See where all photos are coming from, with the power of GPS.



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The Inspiration

WaiNZ was formed in 2012 when people from all over NZ became inspired to collaborate in efforts to monitor and report on freshwater pollution.The inspiration came from watching the documentary film River Dog (multi award winning NZ doco), a story of one man's struggle to save the river he lives by. You can view the trailer to River Dog here.

Collaborative partners

Greater Wellington Regional Council
Fish and Game
Forest and Bird
Landcare Research

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