What is Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment Programme?
In 2017, the five statutory agencies with environmental responsibilities in the Mackenzie Basin formed a New Zealand first leading-edge alliance. The Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment Programme (the Programme) acknowledges that the agencies have an individual and collective responsibility to partner with mana whenua and work with farmers and communities to protect the iconic landscape, together with its water quality and biodiversity.
The group comprises the Mackenzie District Council, Waitaki District Council, Environment Canterbury, Land Information New Zealand, and the Department of Conservation. The five agencies, functions include management of land use, landscape, water quality and quantity, vegetation clearance, biosecurity and biodiversity. The agencies have different statutory responsibilities which at times overlap.
The Programme was established in early 2018. Its formation was one of the key recommendations of the Mackenzie Basin – Opportunities for Agency Alignment report, prepared by Dr Hugh Logan and John Hutchings. The purpose of the report was to investigate how higher levels of agency alignment could be achieved, applying best public sector practice to better
realise the outcomes desired by the community.
The Mackenzie Basin Agency Steering Committee refined the recommendations made in the 2018 HenleyHutchings report into a work programme. We have made significant progress to date, including establishment of management structures, delivery of several priority projects and implementation of supporting work.
To make a transformational shift in the way that agencies work together to undertake their statutory functions, leading to
improved environmental and social outcomes through the delivery of their core work.
Mackenzie Basin agency alignment leads to better environmental and community outcomes, effective service delivery and is seen as an exemplar of collaboration and partnership.