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August 2011

Three mediated modelling workshops have been programmed for Auckland Council. These will take place over a six month timeframe from September to March 2012. The goal is for participants to consider a high priority issue for the region in an integrated way taking into account social, economic, environmental and cultural concerns.

June 2011

Two mediated modelling workshops have been held for the Greater Wellington Region

Participants in the workshops come from: Federated Farmers, Custance, Ministry Of Social Development, Wellington City Council, Association of Non Governmental Organisation Aotearoa, Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council, Regional Public Health, Greater Wellington, Kapiti Coast District Council, Grow Wellington, Centreport, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Upper Hutt City Council, Statistics New Zealand  

What if’ scenarios selected to be tested by the mediated model in Workshop 3 are:

  1. What if the population changes by 10% (up or down) by 2020 then what happens to “access” and “inequality”?

  2. What if the relative income per person in WR changes by 10% (up or down)? How does this impact on the relative attractiveness of the WR?

  3. What if WR focussed on innovative niches (digital industries and comparative advantages) then what happens to resilience?

  4. What happens to WR attractiveness if skilled labour does stays on average between 1 and 40 years?

  5. What if 50% more or less kilometres need to be travelled to deliver goods and get to workplaces how does this impact on inequality and attractiveness

3-4 February 2011

An update from the latest SP2 team meeting held in Wellington in February 

  • For SP2, Market Economics Limited have developed a  land use classification system which incorporates detailed classes for urban areas.  Market Economics Limited, at the request of the SP2 council project partners, is to initiate discussion to see how complimentary the SP2 work is to the wider work towards a national land use classification as part of the Envirolink project ‘New Zealand Land Use Database’ undertaken by Landcare Research jointly with regional councils.

  • Market Economics and RIKS have developed a prototype model that links land-use, population and economic models. The model is currently being tested and populated with data.

  • Questions are still being asked as to how SP2 can best advance Council decision-making needs. A questions and answers page will be added to the SP2 website to clarify issues in this area.

  • Geoff Cooper has joined SP2 as the Auckland City team member to ensure the tools developed by SP2 are taken up and used. Geoff works in the Economic Development section of Auckland Council.

  • The first Mediated Modelling workshops for the Wellington region will be on April 7, 2011. Participants from diverse organisations in the region have agreed to participate. An integrated Mediated Model (MM) will be built in three workshops to identify the important linkages that need to be allowed for in the more detailed spatial decision support system being constructed.  As with all modelling projects, assumptions made and important links not covered need to be made explicit. The intention is for the MM workshops, while exploring a pre-determined topic of interest, to identify deficiencies in understanding and data. Decisions will then be made as to how these are best addressed in the overall SP2 project. The MM model will also be able to be used independently. The goal is to up-skill people attending the workshops to a level at which they are able to take the MM model out to other groups to convey information and to be able to tell a complex story and simulate the same sets of scenarios. This may require additional workshops, but the three workshops planned for April-August will provide enough information for the participants to decide if/how such efforts should be directed.

  • On February 17th a meeting was held to progress the establishment of a National Advisory Group for Integrative Planning to guide the long-term development of integrated decision support systems within New Zealand. The intention is for this group to ensure that model development builds on and advances the research that has been undertaken in New Zealand. 

23-24 September 2010

An update from the latest SP2 team meeting held in Wellington in September

Objective 1 milestones with FRST have been changed. The restructuring of local government in Auckland into one super-city has delayed the start of the mediated modelling in the region. The Wellington region is still considering possible topics for the mediated modelling workshops. The current list includes:  Dynamic GPI, Vacant offices and CBD development; i.e. growing the region, Earthquake planning as an opportunity to increase resilience and Spatial planning.

Market Economics Limited (the Objective 2 leader) has collected extensive GIS data from both Greater Wellington and the Auckland Regional Council. A methodology for determining urban land classes has been developed and a prototype SDSS with economic, population and landuse is on target for release next year.

Objective 3 is working to set up a national advisory group to guide the direction of integrated spatial modelling in New Zealand from a user perspective.  A recent Envirolink workshop reported on selected current models, tools and activities underway to build capacity and capability for model development and use in the natural resource area.  A directory of current models used in New Zealand and what they are used for by end-users is seen as a key need. The SP2 project has undertaken a survey to look at this.

24 June 2010

All regional councils and unitary authorities completed a survey on the use of model by their council. Most council currently use models that provide information that is issue specific.  Read more...  

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