Empowering Aucklanders to make decisions about water

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Watercare’s 2022 Citizens’ Assembly is described by Auckland Council as a great example of empowering Aucklanders to make decisions for better water outcomes.

In a news piece announcing the first annual update on the council’s 30 year water strategy, the council outlines the partnership between Watercare and Koi Tū which started in 2021, and took a deliberative democracy approach to the question of Auckland’s water supply.

Watercare’s Board accepted direct recycled water as the next source of water for Auckland, and included feedback from mana whenua in their response to all four (accepted) recommendations on 1 November 2022.

Read more about Auckland’s 30-year water strategy.

Read a case study about the Watercare and Koi Tū citizens’ assembly.

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