In the first half of Phase 1, the Wheel of Water programme team developed an understanding of the key process design elements that might be included in the Wheel of Water process, and conducted research into the background, theory and practical challenges associated with elements such as: collaborative process methods, catchment management indicator selection (Allen et al. 2012; Fenemor et al. in prep.), Maori co-management of water resources (Tipa, 2012 ; Nelson and Tipa, 2012) catchment economic flows (Guenther et al., 2013), challenges associated with spatial and temporal scales for the application of the WaterWheel diagram (Fraser et al., 2013a and b) and the development of modelling tools to help populate WaterWheel diagrams throughout New Zealand (Snelder et al., 2013).
In the second half of Phase 1 we sought to test these learnings by piloting a collaborative decision making process, and to test the utility of the WaterWheel diagram as part of this process. Two case study settings were used: one in the Wairau Valley (Marlborough), and the other in the Mangatarere catchment (Wairarapa). Key insights from these case studies are summarised here and are documented in more detail in this report.
A list of the outputs from the programme are available here.