[24 September/The Country]

A new research role funded by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the University of Waikato would look at the relationship between communities, land and water. The organisations signed a memorandum of agreement. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Group Manager Integrated Catchment Management, Ian Maxwell, said the organisations had shared interests in understanding the societal challenges that existed in achieving integrated catchment management. He added integrated management was a process that recognised everything in a catchment area. He emphasised the importance of the role and gave a farm with erosion prone soil as an example. He said the HBRC and University of Waikato had a strong working relationship. University of Waikato Deputy Vice Chancellor, Bruce Clarkson, was happy with the agreement.