The Rivers Group was formed in 2009 to provide a forum for those involved with, and with an interest in rivers, flood risk management and the operational and environmental issues of catchments and river systems.

The Group incorporates a wide variety of fields and of practice and interest to do with rivers, including cultural health, water quality, water quantity, flood management, energy generation and environment protection, as well as promoting a multi-disciplinary approach for river management, that reflects cultural and societal diversity in an integrated and holistic manner.


Key objectives of the Rivers Group are:

  1. To facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction between individuals, communities and professionals involved in catchment management, flood risk management and river management throughout New Zealand;
  2. To promote best practice, leadership and the sharing of technical knowledge in all aspects of catchment management, including flood risk management, river restoration and river engineering throughout urban and rural environments in New Zealand;
  3. To support and promote relevant science and research in river and catchment management and to disseminate that information among professionals, academics, decision makers and the general public;
  4. To promote and facilitate input into local and central government policies, strategies, standards and programmes affecting catchment and river management;
  5. To assist in the integration of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in best practice river management.

Rivers Group Rules

Bellmouth spillway, Waitakere, Auckland

Petone, 1976 floods, Evening Post photograph