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People in local government can help farms operate in ways that ensure the health of our land and water. Our resources can help you increase your local community’s understanding of the drivers for regulation, undertake effective collaboration, and improve decision-making in catchments.

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Assessing the Effectiveness of On-Farm Mitigation Actions

This research summary describes how effective on-farm mitigations have been so far, by comparing losses of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and sediment in 1995 and…
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Technical Report

Community Perceptions of Collaborative Freshwater Planning: A survey in three NZ regions

Regional councils are trialling collaborative planning as a means of addressing New Zealand’s complex challenges in freshwater management. Collaborative freshwater planning processes are now underway…
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Journal Article

Estimation of nutrient loads from monthly water quality data

Causes of variation between loads estimated using alternative calculation methods and their repeatability were investigated using 20 years of daily flow and monthly concentration samples…
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Journal Article

A copula-based analysis of severity-duration-frequency of droughts in six climatic regions of NZ

We used a copula to model the joint drought duration-severity distribution and frequency to generate SDF curves for six locations in different climatic regions (3…
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Technical Report

The Collaboration Lab: The transformative role of collaboration in managing our land and water

The Collaboration Lab has four aims: three research aims and a capacity-building aim. The research aims are: to understand how collaborative practice contributes to multiple…
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Technical Report

Predicting Land-Based Nitrogen loads and Attenuation in the Rangitikei River Catchment – the Implications for Land Use

Where both the intensity of land use in high N-attenuation areas was increased and the intensity of land use in low N-attenuation areas was decreased,…
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Technical Report

Evolving Public Perceptions of Freshwater Management in Three New Zealand Regions

This study assesses public opinion of regional councils’ freshwater management in areas with and without collaborative planning processes. This study also assesses change in the…
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Journal Article

Does variable rate irrigation decrease nutrient leaching losses from grazed dairy farming?

A six‚Äêyear study was conducted to determine whether the use of variable rate irrigation (VRI), compared to uniform rate irrigation (URI), could decrease N and…
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Journal Article

Assessing the Yield and Load of Contaminants with Stream Order: Would Policy Requiring Livestock to Be Fenced Out of High-Order Streams Decrease Catchment Contaminant Loads?

This paper won the JEQ Best Paper Award 2019. Concentration and flow data for 1998 to 2009 were used to calculate catchment load and yields…
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Video

Powhiri: An indigenous example of collaboration from New Zealand

New Zealand co-conference to International Transdisciplinarity Conference, Germany.
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Guidance

Six Criteria for Selecting Fit-for-Purpose Indicators

For OLW research, there are six criteria that are the most important for ensuring indicators are useful. Fit-for-purpose indicators are: accepted by stakeholders, valid, clearly…
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Journal Article

Collaborative Planning in Response to Policy Failure: The Case of Freshwater Management in Canterbury

This article identifies the factors behind a shift to collaborative planning in regional freshwater management. The case study explores the Canterbury Regional Council’s failure to…
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