Collaborative research projects
In 2011, Greater Wellington Regional Council commissioned Caleb Royal (Ohau Plants Ltd) to provide tangata whenua perspectives on flow requirements to support cultural values of 14 prominent rivers and streams in the Wairarapa. The opinions expressed in the study, which was co-funded by the (former) Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Community Irrigation Fund, are to be considered alongside GWRC monitoring results as well as other community views to help inform the sustainable management of water resources.
The report should be read in conjunction with a follow-up document that was prepared jointly by GWRC and Caleb Royal in 2012. This document draws some comparisons between the approaches taken by GWRC and Caleb Royal to identifying values and assessing flow requirements and discusses how the findings could be used in planning processes.
These documents represent the independent views of the authors and as such do not constitute Council policy.
Sustainable Pathways 2 (SP2) is a six-year research project that the Council has been involved in since it began in 2009. The project also involves Massey University, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (Netherlands) and Market Economics and is funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
One of the main outputs from the project is to provide spatial models for the Auckland and Wellington regions and to embed them in council decision-making processes. When finished the Wellington model will integrate existing land use, demographic, economic, stormwater and transport models into a spatially dynamic platform. It will enable the region to explore a range of scenarios to better inform future planning for the region. Check out the website for more details http://www.sustainablepathways.org.nz/