Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Project Center

New Zealand


The Lower Hutt community is susceptible to flooding, due to its geography in relation to the Hutt River. To mitigate risk, the RiverLink Project will increase flood protection for the region and simultaneously initiate city revitalization plans and improvements to transportation infrastructure. We evaluated the effectiveness of local agency engagement processes to inform and involve the community during the transformation. We conducted interviews with representatives of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Hutt City Council, and the New Zealand Transport Agency, and surveyed local stakeholders. Based on the results of the 16 interviews and 156 survey responses, we developed a number of recommendations to enhance future community engagements hosted by RiverLink.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs