About the Waterways Centre

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How we started

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management was established in 2009 as a joint partnership between Canterbury and Lincoln Universities. It is the first such centre to be established in any New Zealand university. It was the outcome of consultation with the Department of Labour, Environment Canterbury and other major stakeholders and agencies involved in water resource management and research in the Canterbury region. In a rapidly changing landscape of regional and national policy and decisions relating to water managment, the need for coordination of research and teaching effort was clear.

The Centre now provides teaching courses and qualifications in water resource issues and their management. It maintains strong links to existing water organisations and stakeholders, in order to improve skills, knowledge, and awareness in the water sector, and train the next generation of water resource managers. A brochure is available here (PDF, 373 kb).

How it works

The Waterways Centre is made up a small group of core staff who run the Centre, supported by a multi-disciplinary group of approx. 50 academic staff members with expertise in freshwater issues, drawn from both Universities. Postgraduate students of the Waterways Centre members make up a large freshwater research group. An Advisory Board provides direction to the Centre, and is made up of representatives from regional government, Crown Research institutes, iwi, industry and non-profit organisations. There is a Consultative Committee made up of senior university staff who help coordinate Centre activites within both universities.

Blue Springs, Waihou River.  Photo: Jenny Webster-BrownBlue Springs, Waihou River. Photo: Jenny Webster-Brown