Catherine and Katie

Partnership with the University of Canterbury

Partnerships – With Descriptor

About the project

Living Water has been working with the University of Canterbury’s School of Biological Sciences since 2014, and have provided grants for the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX). This region-wide experiment is stakeholder-driven, meaning farmers, councils, iwi and the public co-develop, co-design and trial solutions to rehabilitate freshwater ecosystem health. Our grant helped with trials undertaken at the Silverstream site in the Selwyn catchment (next to the Ararira-LII River catchment).

In 2017, we formalised our strategic partnership with the University to work with them on transforming agricultural drains into healthy waterways across New Zealand. This partnership will enable the research, knowledge and experience developed through the CAREX experiment to be up-scaled and applied across waterways in our five Living Water catchments.

In lab


  • Mutually beneficial sharing of expertise and resources
  • Economies of scale and efficiencies
  • Increased freshwater habitat and ecological health in our catchments


  • Detailed planning and design for CAREX implementation on-farm in the Ararira-LII River catchment
Testing stream

Local Canterbury Partnership Implementation

Started in 2014 and ended in December 2017

Progress: 100%