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Paul Blaschke, Department of Public Health

BSc Honours, PhD

Senior Professional Fellow
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Contact Details 

Tel: +64 4 918 6576
Fax: +64 4 389 5319
Email: paul.blaschke@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests and Activities 

Paul is an ecologist by training. He is experienced in a wide range of applied ecology and environmental health issues in New Zealand, including ecological restoration, community involvement in environmental issues, relationships between environmental quality and human health, sustainable land management, conservation policy, and land resource investigation.

Paul worked in several public sector organisations before becoming a private consultant in 1999. He has convened the DPH Health and the Environment course since 2010, combining part-time university teaching at Otago and Victoria Universities with his independent environmental consultancy.

Current research interests:

• Characterisation of ecosystem services, especially in urban areas
• Health and wellbeing benefits of contact with nature and natural areas
• Multiple uses of urban green and open spaces
• Use of Health Impact Analysis within Resource Management Act processes.

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Publications

Blaschke, P. (2020). Integrated land use options for the Aotearoa New Zealand low-emissions ‘careful revolution’. Policy Quarterly, 16(2), 26-34. doi: 10.26686/pq.v16i2.6479

Wilson, N., McIntyre, M., Blaschke, P., Muellner, P., Mansoor, O. D., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Potential public health benefits from eradicating rats in New Zealand cities and a tentative research agenda. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 84(4), 280-290. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2017.1343193

Wilson, N., Blaschke, P., Thomson, G., Nghiem, N., & Horrocks, J. (2015). Public health aspects of feral deer, goats and pigs in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication decisions. New Zealand Geographer, 71(3), 177-188. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12086

Roberts, L., Brower, A., Kerr, G., Lambert, S., McWilliam, W., Moore, K., … Blaschke, P., … Wratten, S. (2015). The nature of wellbeing: How nature's ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders. Commissioned by Department of Conservation. Wellington, New Zealand. 145p.

Blaschke, P., Wilson, N., Thomson, G., Nghiem, N., & Horrocks, J. (2014). Public health issues around feral game animals in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication considerations. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 225-226). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Commissioned Report for External Body

Roberts, L., Brower, A., Kerr, G., Lambert, S., McWilliam, W., Moore, K., … Blaschke, P., … Wratten, S. (2015). The nature of wellbeing: How nature's ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders. Commissioned by Department of Conservation. Wellington, New Zealand. 145p.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Blaschke, P. (2013). Health and wellbeing benefits of conservation in New Zealand [Science for Conservation 321]. Wellington, New Zealand: Department for Conservation. 37p. Retrieved from https://www.doc.govt.nz/

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Authored Book - Research

Blaschke, P. M., Kearsley, G. W., & Higham, J. E. S. (1997). Management of the Environmental Effects Associated with the Tourism Sector: Review of Literature on Environmental Effects. Wellington: Office of the Commissioner for the Environment, 73p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Meurk, C. D., Blaschke, P. M., & Simcock, R. C. (2013). Ecosystem services in New Zealand cities. In J. Dymond (Ed.), Ecosystem services in New Zealand: Conditions and trends. (pp. 254-273). Lincoln, New Zealand: Manaaki Whenua Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Blaschke, P. (2020). Integrated land use options for the Aotearoa New Zealand low-emissions ‘careful revolution’. Policy Quarterly, 16(2), 26-34. doi: 10.26686/pq.v16i2.6479

Wilson, N., McIntyre, M., Blaschke, P., Muellner, P., Mansoor, O. D., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Potential public health benefits from eradicating rats in New Zealand cities and a tentative research agenda. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 84(4), 280-290. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2017.1343193

Wilson, N., Blaschke, P., Thomson, G., Nghiem, N., & Horrocks, J. (2015). Public health aspects of feral deer, goats and pigs in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication decisions. New Zealand Geographer, 71(3), 177-188. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12086

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Blaschke, P., Wilson, N., Thomson, G., Nghiem, N., & Horrocks, J. (2014). Public health issues around feral game animals in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication considerations. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 225-226). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Blaschke, P., Norris, H., & Pearson, A. L. (2014). Relationships between exposure to nature and health and wellbeing benefits in New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 41). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Livesey, C., & Blaschke, P. (2013, November). Why ecologists and economists should have plenty of common ground. Verbal presentation at the EcoTas13 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Blaschke, P., Forsyth, F., Bill, A., Emeny, M., & Wood, N. (2013, November). Catchment-based ecological restoration in urban settings: Examples and conclusions from Wellington, New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the EcoTas13 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Blaschke, P., Signal, L., & Baines, J. (2010, November). Integrated impact assessment for wind farms in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 3rd Asia and Pacific Regional Health Impact Assessment Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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