Project Update

Wellington

The first phase of the mediated modelling has been completed for the Greater Wellington region. A prototype systems dynamic model Greater Wellington Mediated Model is available and the  Post-report supporting Action Research and Integrated Assessment for the Wellington Region Mediated Modelling is online. This report details the mediated modelling process, the model building process with stakeholders and the final model produced. 

Auckland

Auckland Council Mediated Modelling Workshops have been held. A prototype system dynamics model that you can run is now at: Auckland Council Mediated Model.

Post-report supporting Action Research and Integrated Assessment for the Auckland Region Mediated Modelling  is online. This report details the mediated modelling process, the model building process with stakeholders and the final model produced.

2015

  • Videos are on-line for people wanting to learn about the ISE model and how to use it.
  • A feasibility study for an Upper North Island ISE model is scheduled to be undertaken before the end of September 2015. This will be presented to the Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA) technical working group. Strong support for the workshop has been received from regional councils and a list of contacts for each council has been established. A work brief has been completed setting out (i) what modelling can be done based on WISE and ISE and the estimated cost; and (ii) the skills required for model use. If the decision is to proceed the pan-regional model based on ISE will be funded by the councils involved.
  • As part of SP2, a PhD was undertaken to provide a procedure to analyse interlinkages between indicators used to measure well-being. The research question:  “Does understanding the relationships between indicators add value and support decision-making to achieve sustained well-being?”  was selected by the stakeholders involved  in the Greater Wellington Region Mediated Modelling workshops. A methodology to interlink indicators has been developed and tested in workshops involving central and local government participants.  This adds another tool to the SP2 toolkit.

2011-2015

  • Workshops were held at Greater Wellington Regional Council and with Statistics New Zealand/Ministry of Economic Development on interlinking indicators.
  • Case studies are being run with staff and stakeholders at Auckland Council and Greater Wellington to test and explore the capabilities of the Integrated Spatial Explorer models.

2014

  • November 2014 - February 2015:  The topic for the 132.705 Applied Ecological Economics paper is "Ecosystem Services of Urban Water". The paper will be taught out of the SP2 project with substantial input from Auckland Council staff.

  • May 2014: Marjan van den Belt (SP2 Science Leader) will travel with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment representatives and other New Zealand academics working in the resilient and sustainable cities area to France, the Netherlands and Germany. The objective of the FRIENZ study trip is to explore European funding/research collaboration platforms that could link with the research underway in New Zealand.

  • March 2014: The Waikato Mayoral Forum’s governance and planning working party has proposed development of a single spatial plan for the region to save millions of dollars over time, create greater efficiencies and facilitate a collective Waikato voice on key issues when dealing with central Government. The spatial plan will help address challenges – such as the need to do more on economic development, skills shortages, declining rural populations and an ageing community – while maximising opportunities through better aligning council planning. A draft plan is due to be developed with key sectors and be available for public engagement early next year (2015). For more information: http://www.mpdc.govt.nz/pdf/News/MayoralForum/PressRelease17Mar.pdf

2013

2012

  • A four day calibration course for Greater Wellington, Auckland Council and M.E was held when Hedwig van Delden from RIKS was in New Zealand in September 2012.

  • Mediated Modelling for Freshwater Policy Development - Water Strategic Action Plan A new project is being discussed with Auckland Council to use Mediated Modelling to assist with the development of a cross-departmental Water Strategy in line with the National Policy Statement for Freshwater. This contract leverages off our Sustainable Pathways 2 programme. A collaborative approach will be used to develop a framework for an integrated Water Strategy for Auckland. The Auckland Council workshops will be framed as ‘action research’ to provide new learning outputs on Mediated Modelling in New Zealand. Capacity building during the engagement process and a protocol for result measurements is envisioned as the outcome of this engagement.

  • WISE/ISE Technical Users Group After last years calibration workshops with the WISE/ISE Models and the ongoing SP2 project, a Technical User group is being established.   Terms of reference discuss objectives, coordination, and deliverables. The main points  are:

  • The Technical User Group (TUG) will share information, data, and ideas on WISE /ISE /SP2 projects and interests in spatially integrated planning.
  • Group will be informal and flexible, but will have some coordination to ensure the group remains active and meets regularly.
  • Meet once a year for a 2 day workshop and have a theme/topics for each workshop
  • Will be open to anyone with an interest in WISE/ISE/SP2 projects and integrated spatial modelling.

A Post-report supporting Action Research and Integrated Assessment for the Auckland Region Mediated Modelling is online. This report details the mediated modelling process, the model building process with stakeholders and the final model produced.

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