In the wake of the Havelock North water crisis in 2016, Hastings District Council took a holistic approach to not only developing a state-of-the-art water treatment and storage facility, but also the opportunity to engage with mana whenua to integrate traditional Te Ao Māori water management and care cultural practices into the facility’s design and construction.

The novel addition of the educational centre and landscaping explores the journey of water from mountain to sea, a story inherited from Te Atua of Loving Waters, Waiaroha! This principle of love of water reveals the physical infrastructure’s cultural, spiritual, and life-giving value, which has greatly instilled the community’s trust and confidence in the Council’s drinking water management post the Havelock North crisis.

Furthermore, by adopting emerging digital technologies such as BIM and Digital Twin, the culturally integrated management approach at the facility’s operations and maintenance stage lifecycle will inspire asset management practitioners to meaningfully engage with Te Ao Māori to protect and manage our precious assets for many generations to come.

John Jiang

Hastings District Council

John Jiang, is an asset manager with over 20 years’ experience across the local authorities and government agencies. His particular areas of expertise are management system design, process digitalisation, and strategic asset planning. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and an MBA specialising in international organisation management.
Concurrent Session A

Manaakitanga | Tahi

Tuesday 21 May