Make a practical difference to help deliver effective Water Sensitive Urban Design

Please help us make a practical difference to help deliver effective Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) across New Zealand. Your input will help us prioritise which barriers to WSUD to explore in our research, which is funded through National Science Challenge 11 ( 

Answering the following five questions will help us identify and prioritise over $200,000 of research over 9 months from March 2018 and inform a longer-term national research and information transfer strategy. 

Our key hypothesis is that relative to prevailing forms of urban development, WSUD performs more strongly under a comprehensive assessment of wider benefits.

Taking part in the survey is completely voluntary. 

Your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous, and digital data will be stored in a secure manner. Our reporting will not include your name or organisation, however we would like to use some of your comments, so please take care what you write does not contain names or identifying details.  The data may be used for successive workshops and research reports, as we plan ongoing engagement over the project duration.

This study has received ethics approval through Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, a crown-owned research institute.  If you have questions please email   

Filling in answers to the questions below indicates your consent to participate in this survey.

Thank you for participating and helping influence what WSUD research we focus on. 

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* 1. Barriers to WSUD
What barriers to WSUD do you find in your work? You might consider areas such as maintenance, implementation, cost/economics, evidence on environmental outcomes and benefits, capacity issues, policy/consenting.
Please list as many barriers as you like, and score each of them using a scale where 5 = high (serious and/or common) barrier; 1 = low (= unimportant and/or rare) barrier

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* 2. What barriers (listed above) have you most recently experienced in a WSUD project?

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* 3. Activating WSUD
What would support you to more fully implement WSUD in your job? Examples may be in areas such as maintenance, implementation, cost/economics, environmental outcomes and benefits, capacity (training, suitable products) or policy/consenting or guidance.
Please list these ‘activating factors’,  and score each using a scale where 5 = high (effective and/or would be often used); 1 = low (least effective and/or infrequently used)

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* 4. What 'activating factors' were effective in your most recent experience or project?

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* 5. We are running workshops around New Zealand. How do we make these of most value to you?
You might consider WSUD tours, actions to facilitate peer to peer connection, discussing volunteered case study sites, placing WSUD sites or cities along a gradient, coffee, forming a Facebook site with updates on the research, CPD points, etc.  What would you like to gain from participating in a WSUD workshop?