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Key Variables for Design, Evaluation or Troubleshooting a Collaboration

A practical model of what conditions, capabilities and resourcing are necessary for collaboration to be successful, to be used in designing, evaluating or improving collaborative processes. This model was co-developed with collaboration practitioners across New Zealand. 

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Framework for Building and Improving Collaboration

Questions for designing, evaluating and critically reviewing a collaborative process for decision-making and policy-making.

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Guidance 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 defined and standardised, based on available or easily accessible data, easily communicable, performance-based.

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Grid‐based Sediment Tracing Approach to Determine Sediment Sources

This grid‐based sediment tracing technique improves the precision of source contribution estimates and enhances the granularity of sediment source maps. This technique provides a greater spatial resolution of the sediment sources by assigning sediment contributions into grid sources rather than area‐specific source types.

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Potential Groundwater Recharge Zones Across New Zealand

Maps of the potential groundwater recharge zones across New Zealand (500m x 500m resolution), which can be used to identify areas of high nutrient leaching in zones where high groundwater recharge potential exists.

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Cultural Health Index

The Cultural Health Index (CHI) was developed by Māori to monitor change in streams and rivers, with adaptations seeing it used to measure change in coastal areas, kauri systems, estuaries, wetlands, marine ecosystems and takiwa (tribal regional) reporting. Given the adapability of this tool it has potential for use in the Māori agribusiness sector. 

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.

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Mauri Compass Tool

The Mauri Compass is an environmental tool to understand the mauri of a waterbody and its interconnected people, using 12 compass points (parameters). The 4 compass points of tangata whenua, wairua, mahinga kai, and cultural can only be assigned by tangata whenua. The other 8 compass points draw on western science

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.

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Overseer

Overseer enables farmers and growers to improve nutrient use on farms, delivering better environmental outcomes.

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CLUES

NIWA’s Catchment Land Use for Environmental Sustainability (CLUES) model is a GIS-based modelling system that assesses the effects of land use change on water quality and socio-economic indicators. CLUES allows users to create both land use and farm practice change scenarios (stocking rates, mitigation), providing results in map and tabular displays. NIWA can provide training.

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MitAgator

Built on a detailed farm map, MitAgator’s software gives a spatial view of where contaminant losses are occurring and identifies critical source areas. This allows mitigation scenarios to be validated and targeted more precisely, improving their cost-effectiveness.

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Event-based Model of Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport

Soil conservation over large areas is expensive and needs to be targeted to obtain maximum benefit for the least cost. Cascade of Soil Erosion research has outlined an event-based model of soil erosion and sediment transport at the catchment scale.

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Living Standards Framework Dashboard

The NZ Treasury developed the Living Standards Framework Dashboard, a practical set of current and future wellbeing indicators, to inform its policy advice.

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Environmental Domain Reports

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ regularly publish domain reports on the state of New Zealand’s land, fresh water, air, marine and atmosphere.

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Indicators of Rural Resilience

The Indicators Working Group produced this proof-of-concept dataset for 4 rural towns in New Zealand, demonstrating the possibility of hosting research data for general access on a public data repository. This data presents indicators related to the resilience of rural communities (Dannevirke, Huntly, Taumaruniu and Te Kuiti), collected from publicly available official statistics and surveys.

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Environmental Report Cards

Environmental Report Cards convey monitoring results and support management and restoration of freshwater bodies. Environmental Report Cards are an engagement tool designed to galvanise commitment and action by getting communities to walk their lands, observe their waters and debate the state of their environment. For a Māori community it is important to develop and apply Environmental Report Cards to address specific needs and practices of that rohe and communicate the cultural health of the catchment.

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Cultural Impact Assessment

Part of the Māori resource management landscape under the RMA, Cultural Impact Assessments (CIA) are a primary tool to assist in determining the effect of any proposal on the environment, culture or values as they might be understood by Māori interests. A CIA illuminates the cultural values underpinning a resource and its potential or actual use.

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.

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Te Mauri Model Decision Making Framework

The ‘mauriometer’ model aims to assist in understanding the interconnectedness of all living things. It assesses the impact of practices or activities on the mauri of a resource and attributes scores and weightings to mauri of the whānau (family, economic), mauri of the community (social), mauri of the hapū (cultural) and mauri of the ecosystems (environment).

Note that views on appropriate tools will vary between rohe and mana whenua, and tools are not a substitute for collaboration and relationship building with local whānau and hapū.

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Pōwhiri as a Tool for Collaboration

Collaboration Lab researchers are developing a method drawing on pōwhiri as a tool for collaboration. This concept is in the early stages of development and testing.

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Maorimaps.com Waitangi Catchment Pilot

The Waitangi catchment pilot map provides a new web-enabled access tool that connects cultural GIS data and soil and water science, with the Māori Maps marae community platform. This provides new ways for mana whenua to engage with their awa and whenua to achieve their aspirations. Māori Maps acts as a portal to WhenuaViz data provided by Mauri Whenua Ora research. Work to extend the tool to the Bay of Plenty is currently underway.

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Stocktake of Indicator Projects

A stocktake of existing work on agri-environmental indicators relevant for Our Land and Water was completed by the Indicators Working Group. Some of these focus on environmental linkages, while others focus on economic and production data. The projects listed cover Government projects, industry projects and science projects.

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