Govt puts $9.3m into fresh water research, NZ Herald (1 June 2011)

The money is going into two research projects.

One will pioneer techniques for understanding groundwater, such as satellite remote sensing and the use of seismic signals from earthquakes.

Govt backs fresh water research projects, National Party Website (1 June 2011)

Smart aquifer characterisation: Subject to satisfactory science peer review, the Crown research institute GNS Science has been awarded $1.2 million a year for six years to develop a suite of innovative methods for characterising and mapping New Zealand’s groundwater systems.
The research team will apply new methods to overcome the current problems of data acquisition that are time- and resource-consuming, and develop specialised skills in hydrogeology, geology, satellite remote sensing, geophysics, seismology, mathematics and spatial information technology.