The regular CIBR newsletter contains news and special interest articles about biowaste management and projects underway.

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We are always looking for interesting contributions, so if you have a biowaste-related story to tell, please get in touch with us by e-mailing

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Latest Issue: No. 14 Summer 2016-17


  • A summary of Amanda Inglis' PhD project on waste stabilisation ponds
  • Initial results of vermicomposting biosolids and plasterboard
  • An update on the long-term effects of biosolids application at Rabbit Island
  • An update on what's happening in the ecotoxicology group

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Issue: No. 13 Spring 2016


  • An overview of a vermicomposting project of biosolids and plasterboard conducted in the Kapiti Coast
  • An article assesssing silver nanoparticles in biosolids
  • Tapu to Noa - an article on Māori cultural values around biosolids management
  • Update on CIBR education outreach

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Issue: No. 12 Autumn 2016


  • The launching of new community engagement framework and from tapu to noa guidance document
  • Summary of the 2016 annual Land Treatment Collective Conference
  • Establishment of an expert advisory panel for Emerging Organic Contaminants
  • A special interest article on biosolids as a business case for coal-mined pasture
  • Environmental choice Letter to the Editor
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Issue: No. 11 Summer 2015


  • An introduction to the extended microbiology capabilities of CIBR
  • A look at the new greenhouse facility implemented at ESR
  • An article on the beneficial uses for woody biowastes in cities
  • A summary of what's new in biosolids research in Europe
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Issue: No. 10 Autumn 2015


  • An update on the progress towards new guidelines for the beneficial use of biowastes
  • A summary of an award winning paper from the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Annual Conference 2015 by Gerty Gielen
  • An introduction to the Gisbourne District Council's waste water treatment project
  • A summary of recent research into using biowastes for environmental benefits
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Issue: No. 9 Summer 2014


  • An article on using biowastes to convert former pine forests into valuable native ecosystems
  • Resesarch on using mānuka to reduce microbial contamination on soil
  • Updates from Kaikōura and Rabbit Island
  • News about the latest toxicity assays from the Ecotox team
  • An article on triclosan in greywater
  • Staff updates 
Issue 8 [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Issue: No. 8 Winter 2014
  • An article on the CIBR at the Wellington Festival of Education
  • News on an experiment investigating pathogen uptake in vegetables grown withgreywater
  • An analysis of price premiums for eco-friendly household products
  • News about the latest worm bioassays for determining toxicity

Issue 7  [PDF, 888 KB]

Issue: No. 7 Summer 2013


  • Updates from all the teams
  • A feature on advisory group member, Michael Naughton
  • A Special Interest Article on a biosolids thermal drying facility in Australia
  • News about phytomanagement of biowaste

Issue 6 [PDF, 6.4 MB]

Issue No. 6 Spring 2013


  • A Special Interest Article on the Pare Kore waste minimisation hui in Raglan
  • Insights from our trans-Tasman colleagues in the Australia and New Zealand Biosolids Partnership
  • A 'fit for purpose' community engagement framework for local councils
  • An article on rebuilding damaged soils with biosolids and other materials
Issue 5 [PDF, 501 KB]
Issue No. 5 Summer 2012
  • A Special Interest Article on our "Up the Pipe" Education Intervention
  • A feature on Advisory Group member, Dr Jill McKenzie
  • Two articles from councils that are moving ahead with biosolids reuse
  • Outputs from the CIBR team this year
Issue 4 [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Issue No. 4 Winter 2012


  • An introduction to our new "Up the Pipe" research
  • A Special Interest Article on native plants and pathogen problems
  • Features on Advisory Group members Chrissie Williams and Mike Ennis
Issue 3

Issue No. 3 Summer 2011


  • Updates on fascinating biochar research
  • A Special Interest Article on vermicomposting
  • Updates on work in Mokai with the Tuaropaki Trust
Issue 2 [PDF, 855 KB]

Issue No. 2 Autumn/Winter 2011


  • Updates on our work with the Kaikōura community
  • A Feature on Advisory Group member Sandy Ormiston
  • A Special Interest Article on troublesome emerging contaminants
Issue 1 [PDF, 3.9 MB]

Issue No. 1 Summer 2010

Our very first newsletter, featuring:

  • Introductions to our Research Groups and their work
  • A Special Interest Article on the potential of biochar to reduce nitrate leaching