Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Catchment management and hydrology

Restored green corridor at Flatbush, Auckland.

Restored green corridor at Flatbush, Auckland.

Our approach to urban catchment management considers the interplay of the people that live in a catchment, the environment that is affected by their actions, and the economic impact of management decisions.

The approach is a helpful way of communicating the development process and assessing its positive and negative impacts. We have assisted large-scale developers in achieving more sustainable approaches and directly measuring the success of their good ideas, and have worked with local authorities on long-term visioning.

We are currently developing numerical methods for modelling the potential contribution of alternative stormwater management strategies at the catchment scale to help with stormwater management and better target low-impact design. These will be made publicly available in the near future.


  • Ira SJT, Vesely E-T, Krausse M 2007. Life cycle costing of stormwater treatment devices - a unit costing approach for New Zealand. NZWWA journal 152: 44-49.
  • Eason CT, Dixon J, Feeney C, van Roon M, Keenan B, Craig J 2003. Designing out stormwater impacts : can we make low-impact development mainstream? (based on a paper for the Stormwater Conference 2003). Water and wastes in NZ: 48-50.
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