As pressures on freshwater increase across Aotearoa New Zealand, one of the leading governance debates is whether we should be putting a price on water. This Conservation Kōrero will explore the merits and limitations of water pricing. It will draw on domestic and international examples to illustrate how pricing can be used to address urban and rural water challenges, but why it’s rarely a policy panacea. It will close with a discussion of the contexts in which pricing could be most useful in Aotearoa New Zealand to help address some of our national water challenges. Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.
Julia Talbot-Jones's work bridges economics, ecology, and resource management. She has an interest in how social arrangements or structures, what economists call institutions, solve environmental and natural resource problems. Her PhD research examined a new institutional arrangement in New Zealand that was (then) proposing to grant the Whanganui River legal rights with a view to understanding how the new property rights arrangement might affect socio-economic and environmental outcomes. Her research is now expanding to focus on understanding how we can better design and analyse institutions to the benefit of our wild spaces.