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Water Sensitive Cities Workshop

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Wellington, Wellington

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Recent environmental, climatic and political occurrences have raised the complex issue of urban water management to the forefront in communities across New Zealand.

In the past six months alone there has been widespread drought (prompting water restrictions), damaging flooding in urban locations, intense heat (with reported spikes in hospital emissions), vulnerabilities exposed with urban potable water supplies, extensive media coverage on the quality of our recreational waters and a very public debate over the management of our fresh and coastal waters through the 2017 election campaign. All of this on the back of the release of the National Policy Statement – Freshwater Management and the increasing investment in regional scale policy development to manage our current and future impact on the environment from our urban (and rural) communities.

Councils and asset managers across the country have been, and continue to, respond to these challenges through investment in infrastructure, policy, strategic planning and education. The scale and effectiveness of actions varies considerably across New Zealand with a number of divergent approaches influencing the efficiency and resilience of investments.




New Zealand shares these complex issues with most other populated centres across the globe where extensive research and capital investment has occurred over recent decades to seek practical and pragmatic solutions. These solutions need to be integrated and multi-faceted as our urban communities continue to face and adapt to a range of water related issues.

In Australia, the Co-Operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (https://watersensitivecities.org.au/ ) is at the midpoint of a nine year, $120M research program which is developing world-leading insights into the engineering, science and social aspects of future urban water management. This builds on their well established, mature industry and myriad of lessons learnt over the past 20 years of water quality policy and implementation. This exciting program provides a platform to learn from rigorous applied research and better understand the impediments, enabling factors and future innovations in this increasingly important water space.

We are inviting you to join us for a workshop to explore the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities work and how it may be valuable in the New Zealand environment.

The Sustainability Society (TSS), in collaboration with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, is hosting a one day workshop to:

  • Introduce the CRC Water Sensitive Cities program
  • Explore some of the research findings
  • Outline the tools and technical methods they are developing and
  • Discuss how the research may be applicable or useful to the New Zealand context.


This forum will provide an opportunity to gain valuable insights and investigate how water stakeholders across New Zealand may leverage this work to optimise environmental, social and economic outcomes for our water system. We are encouraging water leaders from across the country to join us to engage with the CRC team and share insights from around the different regions. This forum will also provide a unique context to engage with the CRC team alongside other water leaders from around the country and collectively explore the relevance of this work for the New Zealand water environment. The workshop will be facilitated by CRC leaders with support from TSS practitioners to ensure that the content is tailored for our New Zealand context and responds to our current and future issues.

Please note: There is no registration cost to attend this workshop however participants will need to cover any travel, accomodation or additional costs incurred.

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