About the project

  • Integrated Freshwater Solutions (IFS) combines stakeholder perspectives with current science to generate an action plan to protect and enhance the Manawatu Catchment
  • Research from multiple disciplines (natural, social and economic) undertaken by Massey University, Horizons Regional Council and Crown Research Institutes will be brought together by the project
  • The project runs from Oct 2010 to Sep 2013
  • Addresses management issues such as:
    • How the river responds to different contaminants
    • The environmental, cultural, economic and social consequences of good or poor water quality 
    • How different actions potentially impact on river water quality, cultural values, economic growth and social factors  
  • This $1.05m programme has six parallel research streams:
    1. Mediated Modelling (led by Ecological Economics Research New Zealand)
    2. Bayesian Belief Modelling (led by Institute of Natural Resources – Ecology, Massey University)
    3. Monitoring the Oroua River water quality carried out by Ngati Kauwhata (led by Taiao Raukawa Trust)
    4. Co-management of the Manawatu River (led by Tanenuirangi Manawatu Inc)
    5. Impacts of siltation and water quality flowing from the Manawatu River on coastal ecosystems (led by Muaupoko Tribal Authority)
    6. A post-graduate applied ecological economics (AEE) paper where students work on an aspect of the IFS project alongside faculty and stakeholders to develop skills in synthesizing innovative solutions for the Manawatu River Catchment (led by Ecological Economics Research New Zealand)

Mediated modelling

This involves 6 workshops with stakeholders coming together to build a system dynamics model in a forum open to the public to observe. Mediated Modelling (MM)  brings together representatives from sectors and groups with different points of view to reach agreement on what options and actions have the greatest potential to improve water quality.  MM uses a computer program to simulate how the river responds to impacts. This type of modelling is increasingly being used as a tool to integrate decision-making. Read more on mediated modelling ...

Bayesian belief modelling

Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) models unite current scientific knowledge of the catchment, in terms of climatic, geological, ecological and other scientific data. This data will be collated and presented in a way that is both requested by and accessible to MM workshop participants. It will be able to show the probable effects of changes in land uses on water quality and the ability of certain fish species to survive in rivers and streams. Read more on Bayesian belief modelling...

Monitoring the Oroua-Manawatū river confluence

Taiao Raukawa Trust will undertake research related to water quality and/or water quantity monitoring in the Oroua River, which is a cultural and historical site of importance to them. Read more on monitoring the Oroua-Manawatū confluence...

Co-management of the Manawatū river

Tanenuirangi Manawatu Inc (TMI) is researching “how to bring the concept of co-management into action”. The focus for Tanenuirangi Manawatū Inc (TMI) research is working towards achieving a co-governance and co-management role over the Manawatū River with Horizons the regional managers of land and water resources, as TMI work closer to the resolution of ROM Treaty of Waitangi claims and potential waterway ownership. TMI see that there is a need to identify an appropriate approach to balance the statutory obligations of the Regional Councils and ROM mana whenua rights and responsibilities while balancing the needs of the wider community. Read more on co-management...

Muaüpoko coastal research project

Muaüpoko Tribal Authority are researching the impacts of siltation and water quality flowing from the Manawatū River on coastal ecosystems in their rohe. Their research will focus on establishing base data from which over the next three years, further testing can be done to measure outcomes from the Manawatū River Accord initiatives. If desired improvements are achieved, this will result in a better habitat along the coast and provide for improved shellfish communities. Read more about the project...

Applied ecological economics paper 132.705  

Applied Ecological Economics 132.705 will be offered by the Resource and Environmental Planning Programme for the third time in Semester 3, 2014. This is an atelier or workshop paper. With this type of paper teaching through lectures is largely replaced by place-based learning through engagement and experience. Learn how an atelier paper works from this video (10 minutes long) filmed during a paper taught in Costa Rica in 2005.

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