Digital Toolshed is a webinar series guiding you through how to get the best from Our Land and Water's research-backed tools and resources

The Digital Toolshed is a webinar series guiding you through how to get the best from Our Land and Water's research-backed tools and resources. These practical webinars demonstrate what the tool does, who it's for, how to use it, and when and where use is appropriate.

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Upcoming Webinars

Future webinars in the Digital Toolshed series will be posted in this section, and promoted via our eNews and social media channels.

Previous Webinars in the Series

Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) Framework

The Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) Framework shows the impact of land use changes on economic, social, cultural and environmental indicators, allowing exploration of scenarios where land use is changing for a specified region of New Zealand.

Using two case study regions, the Ashburton district and Mosgiel, the particular issues examined to aid the development of the framework were the impact of land use changes associated with nitrate leaching and peri-urban development.

Developed alongside key stakeholders to aid policy-makers in regional and central government, as well as other stakeholders, this framework provides a consistent framework for evaluating scenarios about future developments in land use.

The tool provides three ways for specifying scenarios, a form for applying region-specific data, and two dashboards providing overviews and detail signalling likely impacts.

Access the IIA Framework tool and the Getting Started Guide online.

This tool was developed using research from the Measuring Full Impacts of Land-Use Change project.

This webinar will provide a practical demonstration of the tool as well as discussion from an end-user perspective.


  • Professor Caroline Saunders - Distinguished Professor and Director of the Agribusiness & Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University
  • Dr John Saunders - Senior Research Officer Agribusiness & Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University
  • Rich Densem - Farmer - Greyburn Farm, North Canterbury

Healthy Waterways Register

The Healthy Waterways Land Management Actions Register is for all land holders, land managers, kaitiaki and catchment groups who sustainably manage their lands.

This register is New Zealand’s national database that allows you to record and report land management actions that help improve waterway health. Knowing the extent of these actions at catchment level will allow us, eventually, to link the actions done on land to improved water quality outcomes.

The register presents information at a catchment scale, recognising the confidentiality and privacy of individual property owners. It is also set up to receive data from catchment collectives, industries and councils. Compiled catchment information will contribute to a new module being developed for the Land Air Water Aotearoa (LAWA) platform.

This webinar provides the opportunity to learn more about how to utilise this tool to support your strategy.

This tool is now accessible at and was developed using research from the Register of Land Management Actions project.

Monitoring Freshwater Improvements

This research has developed an interactive WebApp to help detect improvements in rivers, lakes and groundwater, and to help select appropriate monitoring technologies that enable early detection of improvement. The research explores which monitoring designs best facilitate a te ao Māori-framed approach to detecting the effects of whenua-based mitigation actions on wai Māori.

These WebApp tools will help freshwater stewards and kaitiaki decide what to measure, where, when, with what technology, and understand how much it will cost.

Over time, these monitoring programmes will provide information on successes and failures of past actions, helping prioritise the most effective actions to improve freshwater quality, so our rivers more quickly return to good health. 

The WebApp provides new tools and resources to decide what to measure, where, when, with what technology, and how much it will cost. It is supported by open-source code and is freely available.

Visit to access the WebApp and resources from the Monitoring Freshwater Improvement Actions project.

Data Supermarket

We can grow a much greater range of food and fibre in New Zealand. But what will grow well, where?

The Data Supermarket is a new online storehouse of data about the ingredients, food and fibre we can grow in New Zealand, now and in the future.

This reliable and robust data is freely available to everyone planning or providing advice on land-use options in New Zealand. The wide range of new datasets provide a broad understanding of the benefits and consequences of many land use opportunities.

A large team of researchers from multiple institutes and scientific disciplines produced these datasets as part of the Land Use Opportunities: Whitiwhiti Ora research programme.

This information is now accessible at


The LandscapeDNA information hub gives you access to interactive maps that allow you to explore land right down to property scale, and understand which contaminants are most susceptible to loss, how they travel, and where they end up.

These insights allow farmers to identify actions they can take to minimise water contamination risks from their property.

In this webinar, you will learn to use LandscapeDNA to identify key water quality contaminants for a farm and the contributing catchment area, match land management and intervention actions to the contaminant flow pathway, and explore the actions library for more information on mitigations.

This tool is now accessible at and was developed using research from the Physiographic Environments of New Zealand project.

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