ABSTRACT This article identifies the factors behind a shift to collaborative planning in regional freshwater management. The Canterbury Regional Council, a local government agency in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, was struggling to exercise authority and autonomy over freshwater management in the region during the 1990s and 2000s. The case study explores the regional council’s failure to create authoritative policy, which resulted in policy being rewritten and modified through litigation in the courts. In response, the regional council pursued collaborative planning mechanisms, which co-opted competing pro-development and pro-conservation interest groups, for freshwater management in the region.

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