Values and objectives

Share your wai

We're currently seeking input so we can gain a better understanding about what we want for our waterways, now and in the future.

Over the next couple of years, key decisions need to be made on the state of our waterways and estuaries for our children and grandchildren. We need to set water quality and quantity limits.

This will have implications for us all. How much it costs to treat our wastewater, stormwater and drinking water, and what controls there are around land use activities will be important parts of these decisions.

You can register on the council’s engagement website to share your wai – your ideas on what’s important, photos of your favourite places and to receive updates on the programme.

Survey entries will go in the draw to win a Real Journey’s Experience and photo competition entries will be judged and a winner will be selected from each of the three categories. Entries close 29 March 2019.

Initial information gathering project – July to September 2018

This work was undertaken to understand how best to engage people in the conversation and ensure that the engagement plan is designed to reach not just those who are typically open to engagement but also the large sector of the Southland community that do not typically engage and connect.

A literature review of learnings from other areas highlighted the need for active, informal and integrative engagement.

Subsequent in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and active focus groups with recruited members of the community highlighted the following:

  • Younger people are hugely influential in behaviour change amongst adults. Children push their parents on issues so working with schools will be important
  • A face to face approach was welcomed by those that engaged at this stage.
  • Smaller groups were preferred.
  • Varied communication modes need to be used to identify values: interactive electronic tools, local media, word of mouth, direct engagement. Pockets of communities with high awareness and engagement can be used to start talking, to lead conversations and engage others.
  • Engagement with community research may be lower amongst lower socio-economic groups that need to prioritise ‘getting by’, busy urban and rural residents and youth. Targeted approaches to include these groups should be designed.


July 2018 - WATER: Rapid Literature Review of Perceptions and Learnings from Collaborative Processes in NZ

August 2018 - WATER: Values and Objectives Initial Information Gathering