LAWA is a collaboration of organisations with a common aim: to tell the story of our environment

About LAWA

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has been established by like-minded organisations with a view to helping local communities find the balance between using natural resources and maintaining their quality and availability.  LAWA connects us with the environment by sharing environmental data and information.   

Initially a collaboration between New Zealand’s 16 regional councils and unitary authorities, LAWA is now a partnership between the councils, Cawthron Institute, the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, Statistics New Zealand and has been supported by the Tindall Foundation and Massey University.

Partners and supporters

Regional councils and unitary authorities

New Zealand has 16 regional councils and unitary authorities. They are responsible for the country’s environmental resource management, flood control, air and water quality, pest control, public transport, and management of regional parks.  Find your regional council or unitary authority from the list below.


Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute is New Zealand's largest independent science organisation, specialising in understanding and assessing the health and quality of marine and freshwater environments. It focuses on science that helps protect aquatic ecosystems and supports sustainable development of primary industries.



Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment is the Government's principal adviser on the environment in New Zealand and on international matters that affect the environment. Part of the Ministry's role is to provide information about the health of New Zealand's environment.



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Massey University

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives of communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand's defining university. Massey University's research-led design studio, Open Lab, oversaw the design process, from user workshops to the finished product when LAWA was launched in 2014.






Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation that gives to organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by way of donations, training, capacity building and research, and by partnering with others.


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Regional councils

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Auckland Council
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Environment Canterbury
Gisborne District Council
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Horizons Regional Council
Marlborough District Council
Nelson City Council
Northland Regional Council
Otago Regional Council
Environment Southland
Taranaki Regional Council
Tasman District Council
Waikato Regional Council
West Coast Regional Council