Project update

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October 2013: A public conversation on "Ecosystem Services: Why valuing nature is key ot New Zealand reaching its full potential" between Professor Robert Costanza, Australian National University and Associate Professor Marjan van den Belt, Massey University

August 2013: The second Multi-scale Integrated Modelling of Ecosystem Services (MIMES) workshop was held between 12-16 August. The first 4 days were for the technical team to work on the model. Friday presented to model to potential end-users for evaluation.

June 2013: A workshop titled "Account-ability of Collaboration" will be held to evaluate progress with action planning and the collaborative process as a way to negotiate freshwater issues in New Zealand.

April 2013: Mediated Modelling for Freshwater Policy Development - Water Strategic Action Plan  A/P van den Belt is contracted to deliver five workshops for cross-departmental engagement and capacity building in systems thinking for Auckland Council. A collaborative approach will be used to develop a framework for an integrated Water Strategy for Auckland, following from the National Freshwater Policy Statement. This contract will apply Mediated Modelling in a strategic, flexible and deductive way to create a ‘thinking space’ for cross-departmental planning. The Auckland Council workshops will be framed as ‘action research’ to provide new learning outputs on Mediated Modelling in New Zealand.

October 2012: The Integrated Freshwater Solutions project can be found listed on the new website This new online Decision Support Systems  Directory  contains a range of relevant models and systems that have been developed or used in New Zealand for supporting decision making.

June 2012: An update on the Rangitāne o Manawatū project, the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority project, and the Ngati Kauwhata project are available.

Nov 2011: A workshop was held Nov 2, 2011 to look at the costs of the different alternatives for improving water quality in the Manawatu River. Horizon's have put in an application to the Ministry for the Environment's Freshstart for Freshwater fund to get financial assistance with river clean up projects.

June 2011: Visit a new website to get support and provide information on New Zealand's unique endemic Longfin eels - they are the biggest, longest-lived eel species in the world. The females can reach more than 2 m in size and live up live up to 100 years of age before breeding - and then, with the smaller males, must swim 2000 km to the Tonga trench, where they will spawn and die. The larval eels drift on ocean currents to New Zealand where they make their way up rivers as elvers to live out their lives as key predators in fresh water ecosystems. Manaaki Tuna is a multi-disciplinary group comprised of academics, teachers and researchers from Massey University, iwi, hapu and environmental groups who have joined forces to address the plight of the tuna – the longfin eel.

April 2011: In August 2010 the members of the Manawatu River Leaders’ Forum signed an Accord to take action to improve the state of the Manawatu River. The Accord includes a focus, vision, and goals for the river. The leaders agreed to champion and give life to the Accord and made a series of commitments. One of the commitments is to establish a collaboratively owned and implemented Action Plan by March 2011 ready for implementation by 1 July 2011. This Action Plan has been developed during a series of 6 workshops by stakeholders representing Iwi/hapu, Environmental Interests, Farming and Industry, District and City Councils and Horizons Regional Council. It has been completed and is being finalised to present to the Manawatu River Leaders’ this month.

October 20, 2010: River Thames comes clean on dirty past - more than 64km of the once filthy Thames has been restored. Filthy, opaque and stinking of rotten eggs: this was the River Thames of 1957. To read more...

September 2010:  The Manawatu River Leaders Accord group agreed to use the Integrated Freshwater Solutions project mediated modelling process to develop an Action Plan to improve the Manawatu River water quality.

On August 9th, 2010:  An agreement was signed to try and save the Manawatu river from its undesirable tag as one of the most polluted rivers in the Western world. Local councils, environmental groups, local iwi, freezing works and Fonterra all signed a voluntary agreement to clean up the river…

To read more... 

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