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dc.contributor.advisorSpringer, Simon
dc.contributor.authorDriesen, Lodewijk Martinus Adrianus
dc.date.available2012-02-14T20:08:40Z
dc.date.copyright2012
dc.identifier.citationDriesen, L. M. A. (2012). Waste Management Planning in Rarotonga: Issues and Opportunities (Thesis, Master of Planning). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2107en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/2107
dc.description.abstractIssues surrounding environmental legislation and policy lead to unsustainable outcomes in waste management and practice in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. As a result local people’s lives are affected in a range of different ways. Despite the adoption of a draft National Waste Management Strategy by the government, and that technological progress has taken place – for example in landfill operations, the future of waste management in Rarotonga is uncertain and requires strategic long-term planning. Rarotonga – with a population equivalent to an average New Zealand town and run as like a full-scale nation – is the largest of the Cook Islands and is the location of Avarua, the country's capital city. With a unique history, geography, economy, and culture, these factors converge in Rarotonga to form a complex assemblage that influences the functioning of its waste management planning framework. The literature review conducted as part of this thesis identified the lack of extensive research into the sustainability of the waste management planning system of Rarotonga. From a humanistic planning perspective, this thesis aims to critically identify and analyse the achieved progress and remaining deficiencies in sustainable waste management in Rarotonga, with a specific interest in the robustness of long- term strategic planning and evaluation. It investigates planning and waste management policy and practice to address the question: How can waste management in Rarotonga become more sustainable, efficient, and future-proof? Primary data was collected through interviews with stakeholders from government, business and community. One of the findings of the research is that recent political commitment to waste management enables the pursuit of various opportunities for the improvement of the system. Furthermore, it has been identified that for increased community involvement to occur in waste management planning, which according to the research findings is a key requirement to achieve future-proofness, the existing system needs to become more complete and effective. The outcomes of the research indicate that a more integrative, strategic and holistic approach is needed to future-proof and increase the efficacy of Rarotonga’s waste management planning framework, consequently ensuring its sustainability. Informed by the results, a multi stage model comprising key recommendations is proposed, which includes a number of strategic planning and management concepts, as well as aspects of quality evaluation, that could be considered for implementation.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectRarotonga
dc.subjectWaste Management
dc.subjectPlanning
dc.subjectWaste Management Planning
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectEnvironmental Management
dc.subjectMulti Stage Model
dc.subjectWaste
dc.subjectStrategic Planning
dc.subjectGovernance
dc.subjectEvaluation
dc.subjectPolicy Evaluation
dc.subjectLong-term Planning
dc.subjectLong Term Planning
dc.subjectFuture Proof
dc.subjectFuture-Proofing
dc.subjectFuture Proofing
dc.titleWaste Management Planning in Rarotonga: Issues and Opportunities
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2012-02-11T20:13:20Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Planning
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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