We have a lot to do to make progress, both within the council and in partnership with mana whenua, stakeholders, and communities.
Our proposed principles
We are proposing six principles to guide our actions as we develop the proposed framework into a Water Strategy.
We will apply these six principles when we design and implement work programmes to ensure the details of how we work contribute to our vision and values.
Recognise that water is a treasured taonga
Water is life, and needs to be managed carefully to restore te mauri o te wai.
Work with ecosystems
Working with the natural environment, and mimicking its systems, wherever possible, is key to a water sensitive approach.
Deliver catchment scale thinking and action
The catchment is the best scale to think about water flows and uses, and the balance between different activities and effects.
Focus on achieving right-sized solutions with multiple benefits
Local variables will drive the fine-grained responses to our regional aspirations, with different solutions appropriate at different scales.
Work together to plan and deliver better water outcomes
We all have a stake in our water future. Engaging with mana whenua, communities, and across disciplines helps find durable and effective solutions.
Look to the future
Our planning and development takes future uncertainties into account, so that communities and infrastructure are future-proofed and resilient.
We need to work across the council and with mana whenua, stakeholders, and the community to identify steps we can take to improve our processes.
We have identified four key processes that we need to work on to support quality decisions:
Applying a Māori world view
Exploring opportunities on how we might increase opportunities for mana whenua from co-governance to hands-on projects.
Creating our water future together
Achieving a healthy, sustainable and affordable water future for Auckland will require energy and commitment from all of us.
Setting priorities for investment
Rapid growth, significant underinvestment in assets and high expectations have created significant financial challenges.
Achieving net benefits for catchments
We want to investigate practical methods to allow for decision-making at a catchment scale including offset mitigation, environmental compensation schemes and allocation and trading schemes.
Read more about our principles and processes