This case study details the seamless integration of digital twins with Kaitiakitanga (guardianship/stewardship), addressing sustainability challenges. Explore how this synergy maximises infrastructure potential and contributes to a better Aotearoa New Zealand by optimising asset management for a prosperous future.

Taking cues from the Te Marua Water Treatment Plant Upgrade project with Wellington Water Limited (WWL), this paper illustrates how digital twins aligned with Kaitiakitanga underscore collective progress, harmonising infrastructure asset management with Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) values.

This integration subtly addresses challenges, enhancing delivery capability, meeting community aspirations, and planning for demographic and climate changes.

The case study unveils a natural synergy between Kaitiakitanga, digital twins, and information management, fostering collaboration, reducing waste, and empowering Māori communities.

Unlocking the full potential of infrastructure information through digital twins not only enhances efficiency but also maximises the value derived from our infrastructure assets.

The transformative power of integrating Te Ao Māori principles into asset management is showcased, reflecting a sustainable and resilient approach for the well-being of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dan Jones

GHD Digital

Dan Jones, MEng (Hons), is the Information Management Lead at GHD Digital in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). With a background in engineering geology and extensive experience gained during the Canterbury earthquake recovery efforts, Dan developed a deep understanding of the inefficiencies in infrastructure information management, sparking a passion for improvement. He completed a Master’s degree in earthquake engineering and BIM & GIS integration at the University of Canterbury in 2019. Since then, Dan has collaborated with various water asset owner organisations, focusing on standardising and enhancing asset information management throughout project lifecycles. Committed to promoting accessible and reusable information, Dan actively contributes to community resilience through knowledge-sharing initiatives. He thrives on fostering collaboration across diverse projects and stakeholders, guided by the ethos of working smarter, not harder.
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