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Resilient River Communities

River Managers Professional Development Programme

This programme has been designed to identify a framework to raise awareness, learning and development pathways and ultimately drive recruitment and attraction strategies to assure river management expertise for the future

Key Dates 2022/23

Short Courses / Digital Badges

AM 101 –Introduction to Asset Management

WM 104 –Introduction to Flood Risk Asset Management

CC 101 –Introduction to Climate Adaptation in Asset Management

Stormwater 101


Cultural and Environmental Values


Legal Obligations


Strategic Overview of Rivers and Catchments

Geomorphology & River Management

Tools and Fluvial Geomorphology




Operational Practice




Communication and Engagement


Webinar Series Dates


Cultural and Environmental Values

As part of the River Managers Professional Development Programme the Rivers Group and Engineering New Zealand have partnered to provide the Cultural and Environmental Values Webinar Series. 

We have partnered with the Rivers Group and Engineering New Zealand. You can sign up to our webinars for the Cultural and Environmental Values Series

You can sign up for all sessions and each one will give you one CPD hours. If you are unable to watch the webinar live (we recommend you watch this live) there will be a recording available once you have signed

Webinar    Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi): meanings, principles, and importance for contemporary river management in Aotearoa New Zealand
Date & Time   

Wednesday 7 September - 11.00am

CPD hours   1 hour
Presenter   Dr Meg Parsons - School of Environment, The University of Auckland
Where to register  

click here


This webinar offers the opportunity for river engineers and environmental managers to learn about Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi (the Treaty) and its relevance to contemporary river governance and management policies, planning, and strategies in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The webinar begins by providing a brief overview of the history of the Treaty, which includes the reasons for disagreements about what the Treaty means.

Next, it explores what the Treaty principles are and what this means in terms of river governance and management approaches and on-the-ground practices. The different ways in which the Treaty duties and principles are recognised in relevant legislation, court decisions, and proposed legislation bills are discussed, with a focus on providing environmental managers and water engineers with an understanding of the legal dimensions of the Treaty as well as how it is embedded within Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and Māori concepts and values.

The webinar is designed to be an introduction to the Treaty and to provide case studies that demonstrate why the Treaty is of critical importance to improving how rivers are governed and managed in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Webinar    The NPS-FM and Te Mana o te Wai (Te Ao Māori & River Ecosystem Management
Date & Time   

Tuesday 13 September - 11.00am

CPD hours   1 hour
Presenter   Linda Te Aho - Associate Dean Māori for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences; Associate Professor, Waikato University
Where to register  



Join us for this one hour webinar to learn about Te Ao Māori and the River Ecosystem Management.
This session will broaden the view beyond water quality.

Water is Taonga. Each body of water has a life force or mauri. For Māori, water is the essence of all life, like the blood of Papatūānuku (Earth mother) who supports all people, plants and wildlife.

Rivers are thought of as tīpuna (ancestors) that have been with us throughout history.

“Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au” “I am the river, the river is me”

Local government has requirements from the Crown to help meet Treaty obligations. This includes as part of the Local Government Act 2002, Resource Management Act 1991, Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941 and Iwi Settlements Acts.

This webinar will include a particular focus on gaining a greater understanding of the recent National Policy Statement (NPS) for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) and Te mana o te Wai, which is today central to river management planning, consultation engagement and operational activities.


Navigating towards Te mana o te Wai

Date & Time   

Wednesday 21 September - 11.00am

CPD hours   1 hour

Linda Te Aho - Associate Dean Māori for the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences; Associate Professor, Waikato University

Where to register  



In this webinar as part of our cultural series you will learn more about the how to of navigating towards Te mana o te Wai. Linda will share with you methods to assist with empowering and enabling iwi hapu involvement.

This will consider determining the right level of engagement, including considering the purpose and goals of the engagement, as well as the level of importance to a Council and level of interest for Māori.

Planning engagements need to consider what suits the parties including capacity and capability, possible financial support and remuneration investment considerations, timeframes, along with discussions of wider issues, understanding kawa (protocol/rules) and tikanga (customs).

Developing genuine and effective engagement is critical as part of supporting ongoing relationships and for leading to improved outcomes for the benefit of our work and community wellbeing





Cultural and Environmental Values Series | Mana Whenua Statements (cultural impact assessment)

Date & Time   

Thursday 29 September - 11.00am

CPD hours   1 hour

Julian Williams - Te Huia Natural Resources Limited

Where to register  

Cultural and Environmental Values Series | 4 | Engineering NZ


Join us for this webinar to learn how to demonstrate Kaitiaki obligations to Te Ao Māori and achieve genuine engagement. You will learn about Mana Whenua Statements also known as cultural impact assessments which provide Mana Whenua decisions against the proposal or policy to decision makers.

An understanding of these is fundamental for involvement in developing today’s river management including for research, planning, consultation and operation activities.


You also have the opportunity to register for these level one courses. You will gain a digital badge you can display on your LinkedIn and will also gain 2 CPD hours per course.

AM 101 - Intro to Asset Management

WM 104 - Flood Risk Asset Management

CC 101 - Climate Adaptation in Asset Management

Once you complete this level you can then move onto the more advanced trainings. To read more or sign up please click this link Regional Councils River Management Programme - IPWEA NZ 

Stormwater 101 - Water New Zealand (waternz.org.nz)

This is a four-week course running from 24 August - 21 September 2022

The Stormwater 101 – digital badge is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of stormwater and the people and processes involved. By the end of this course you will:

  1. have a basic understanding of stormwater in New Zealand
  2. understand the history of stormwater
  3. understand what’s happening in the stormwater environment
  4. get an overview of some of the roles in stormwater

The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a 4 week period at times that suit you. There will be a quiz at the end of this course and upon successful completion you will be awarded your digital badge.

A digital badge also provides you an opportunity to share your achievement and learning via digital platforms such as LinkedIn.

Please contact Rachael Armstrong (Rachael.Armstrong@hbrc.govt.nz) asap if you would like to register for this Stormwater 101 course as registrations close Friday.