Creating Futures

What's New


Ecosystem Services Modelling

The modelling of Ecosystem Services is emerging as an important area for Regional Councils as they are required to understand the possible effects on these services by policy and resource use decisions and understand the full range of 'trade-offs' that may occur through such decisions. A workshop on Ecosystems Services Modelling was held by WRC with a range of researchers and modellers in June 2017 to begin the conversation about what is being done and how to better coordinate this effort to meet the needs of councils.

To continue this conversation an Envirolink funded wokrhops is being held in early October to bring together developers and users to identify opportunities and challenges for improved coordination of modelling tools for ecosystem services and how to provide expert support for regional councils.



DSS Web Directory Update

A web based directory of decision support systems (DSS’s) was created in 2012 through an Envirolink Tools project. This directory is now being reviewed and updated as part of another Envirolink Tools project. The aim of this project is to add more DSS tools to the directory and relevant case studies to keep the directory current and make it more useful for council staff as a reference resource. WISE is one of the DSS’s listed in this directory.  To find out more <Click Here>


RIKs Visit

RIK's (Research Institute for Knowledge Systems) in the Netherland are the software developers and integrated modelling specialists that built and support the modelling framework within WISE. RIK's staff visited New Zealand in the last week of June to discuss further use and development of the WISE tool. This included identifying modelling oportunities to support WRC's strategic directions and further exploring the options for transport model integration with WISE and inclusion of Ecosystem Services modelling.


Scenarios to Support Future Proof Review

WISE V1.4 is currently being used to explore a range of scenarios with Councils involved in the review of Future Proof (Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council).

Scenario planning and then exploration of key scenarios in WISE is being used to help these Councils review some of their strategic thinking and policy approaches. This is primarily focused on the spatial management of growth both within each council area and between Councils.

When outputs from this work are finalised with respective Councils examples will be loaded onto this website as case studies.


Waikato Demographic and Economic Projections

WISE V1.4 has been used in a project to develop land use, demographic and economic projections for the Waikato Region (2013-2063). Projections include land use change, population dynamics (population, household, labour force) and economic development (value-added, employment).

The results of the project are provided in a Technical Report that outlines the process and resulting data for land use, demographic and economic projections for the Waikato region, from a baseline in 2013 to 2063 (50 years time horizon).  An overview is provided initially and then each projection output process is outlined. The projections are at a Census Area Unit (CAU) level, and include land use change, population dynamics (population, household, labour force) and economic development (value-added, employment).

To view Waikato Regional Council Technical Report for these projections Click Here


Version 1.4

A significant upgrade of the WISE model has ben undertaken during 2015. Following on from improvements in V1.3.1 the new version (V1.4) will have some major improvements. These include:

  • New modelling start date of 2013 and includes an updates starting land use map for 2013
  • Increased resolution - WISE V1.4 will work at 100x100m cell size (4 x more cells than V1.3.1)
  • Up-to-date zonign and growth strategy information for the regional territorial authorities
  • Updated population projection data, economic data, and future roading networks
  • Increased functionality with a land use suitability tool and Monte Carlo analysis capability

The model update is near completion and is expected to be available for download in March 2016.


2013 Land Use Layer for Waikato Region

A new spatial layer (raster) of land use across the Waikato Region in 2013 has been developed. This layer will be a key part of the update of the WISE model to V1.4 early in 2016.

The 2013 land use layer was derived based on an analysis of several data set including: Land Cover Database (LCDB4), Regional Property Valuation database, and Agribase. A validation process of inital land use outputs was undertaken with staff from the regional territorial authorities.

The 2013 land use layer is a key part of the WISE update to V1.4. It allows the new version to have a modelling starting date of 2013 (previoulsy 2006). This new land use layer is also at a spatial resolution of 100x100m to support an increase in modelling resoultion in WISE V1.4.

After meeting the internal requirements at WRC for 'corporate dataset' this land use layer will also be available in the near future for other regional or local projects.

Example of 2013 Land use in Northern Waikato