Creating Futures


Sustainable Pathway (SP2)

This research programme, led by EERNZ/Massey University, is about integrating state-of-the-art research with policy to enable better decisions in Spatial Planning. It builds on the Creating Futures project and ‘Sustainable Pathways 1' and runs from 2009 to 2015. There are three parallel research streams:

  1. Mediated Modelling (led by Ecological Economics Research NZ, EERNZ)
  2. Spatial Dynamic Modelling (led by Market Economics Ltd)
  3. Developing and Integrating Dynamic and Spatial Modelling tools into Urban Planning Practice (led by Waikato Regional Council)


Advisory Group for Integrated Planning Advisory Group for Integrated Planning (NAGIP)

The purpose of the National Advisory Group for Integrated Planning (NAGIP) is to support integrative spatial planning in New Zealand. The focus of NAGIP is to promote the development of appropriate systems and tools such as models and decision support systems (DSS) to undertake integrated planning. Members are from central and local government, including representatives from research institutes and universities.


Envirolink - Directory of spatial models and other decision support systems (DSS Directory)

This directory is a searchable web-based directory of existing spatial models and other decision support systems for policy and resource management by regional councils. The directory provides standardised key information for each spatial model/DSS and will also include examples, where available, of how they have been used and applied by regional councils or other agencies.


Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS)

RIKS is one of the key Creating Futures partners and supporting and further enhancing WISE. RIKS has been producing software tools for over 20 years to support planners by allowing them to test and analyse the outcomes of potential decisions. Their tools consist of a range of computational models that are integrated together to form a Spatial Decision Support System. For WISE, including the software frameworks GEONAMICA (used for WISE) and METRONAMICA.


European Spatial Planning Research and Information Database (ESPID)

ESPRID is a web-based Information Source for researchers and policy-makers concerned with Strategic Spatial Planning in a European context. It contains material from academic books and journals, policy reports, plans and policy statements, databases and websites. It also includes information on relevant experts.


RMA Quality Planning Resource (QP)

The Quality Planning website (QP website) was launched in 2001 to promote good practice by sharing knowledge about all aspects of practice under the RMA. The QP website is now the primary tool for delivering robust information on RMA processes and environmental policy to resource management practitioners.


Interoperable Freshwater Models Framework

In this project a computer-based model framework for freshwater models is being designed and tested to proof-of-concept stage. The framework will allow a number of existing mathematical models for freshwater quality and quantity to interoperate by sharing data, communicating to each other, and making use of visualisation or mapping tools.


The Auckland Plan

The Auckland Plan is a strategy to guide Auckland’s future over the next 30 years. It addresses a multitude of challenges facing Auckland – like transport and housing shortages, giving children and young people a better start, creating jobs in a growing economy, protecting the land and marine environment, and improving the quality of our urban surroundings.


Potential Waikato Spatial Plan

A report has been prepared to inform discussions by providing staff and regional councillors with information about spatial planning, explaining its potential benefits for the region and its stakeholders, and recommending a spatial planning model that would be appropriate for the Waikato region, should the decision be made to develop such a plan. The recommended model is derived from a review of relevant reports about spatial planning, and from a review of six examples of spatial plans. To see report <click here>