Dr Paul Blaschke

PhD (ecology), BSc Hons

Environmental Consultant and Lecturer in Health and the Environment

Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington


I’m an ecologist by training and have been closely involved in cross-disciplinary physical/social science investigation, management and policy implementation in many areas, including urban ecology, urban sustainability and wellbeing, sustainable land use, biodiversity management and planning, environmental and health impact analysis.

Recently I have focused on environmental management in urban areas, and in particular the multiple benefits of urban open spaces for provision of biodiversity, ecosystem services, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, amenity and recreation. I have also done work on the health and wellbeing benefits of contact with nature and natural areas generally.

I convened the Diploma/Master of Public Health paper on Health and the Environment at Wellington Medical School between 2010 and 2017, combining part-time university teaching with my independent environmental consultancy, Blaschke and Rutherford Environmental Consultants. I am now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington, as well as at Victoria University of Wellington

Contact paul.blaschke@otago.ac.nz or paul@blaschkerutherford.co.nz


Where do the children play? An objective analysis of children’s use of green space using wearable cameras. Health Promotion International. Forthcoming.
Integrated land use options for the Aotearoa New Zealand low-emissions ‘careful revolution’Policy Quarterly, 2020 16 (2)
Devising urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) projects with developing nations: A case study of Port Vila, VanuatuJournal of Ocean and Coastal Management, 2020, 105037.
Green Space in Wellington’s Central City: current provision, and design for future wellbeing.Download or view online
Ocean cities: Sustainable urban development for islands. Building ocean-friendly climate resilience in pacific island developing statesOcean Cities Policy Guide, 2019 UNESCAP: Bangkok
Ocean cities: bOcean Cities Policy Guide, 2019 UNESCAP: Bangkok
Utilising nature-based solutions to increase resilience in Pacific Ocean Cities.Ecosystem Services 38 (2019): 100968.
Potential public health benefits from eradicating rats, stoats and possums in urban areas of New Zealand.Journal of the Royal Society New Zealand
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Public health aspects of feral deer, goats and pigs in New Zealand: A review to inform eradication decisionsNew Zealand Geographer. 2015 Dec;71(3):177-88
Relationships between exposure to nature and health and wellbeing benefits in New Zealand Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress, 2014
Health and wellbeing benefits of conservation in New ZealandScience for Conservation. Department of Conservation, Wellington, 2013
Ecosystem services in urban areasIn Dymond J ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: condition and trends. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, Canterbury
Vegetation in Owhiro Stream catchment, Wellington South CoastBulletin Wellington Botanical Society, 2012, 54:70-94