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Options to improve water allocation outcomes

Publication date:  July 2006
Publication reference number:  CR 106

The report, prepared by Sinclair Knight Merz, investigates approaches for the allocation and subsequent reallocation of water in New Zealand, including situations of over-allocation. It looks at alternatives to first-in-first-served such as sector priority, reliability bands, resource share (proportional allocation), auction, ballot, administrative and market-based transfers, and mechanisms for claw-back.