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Online catchment game - Aqua Republica

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is a major sponsor of Aqua Republica NZ - a serious online game designed to help kiwis explore the connections between land and water use, and the importance of caring for our precious water resources.





The game puts players in a decision-making seat where they learn to manage a limited supply of fresh, clean water while juggling growing demand between multiple users.

Aqua Republica is based on real life scenarios in a fictitious catchment. It's available for schools and community groups in the Bay of Plenty to use for free.

Please contact us to request a user account or to discuss how we can help you to make use of the game. People from outside the Bay of Plenty can access the game through their regional/unitary council or the Science Learning Hub.

To get started, check out these webinars:Aqua Repbulica game symbols

What is Aqua Republica 

How do we play Aqua Republica - Part 1

How do we play Aqua Republica - Part 2


See frequently asked questions for more game play help.

You can try the game out at using the following log-in details:

  • Username: BOPRC1
  • Password: BOPRC1

Aqua Republica was designed by the United Nations Environment Programme - DHIgroup Centre for Water and Environment. They worked with University of Waikato, New Zealand Hydrological Society, Bay of Plenty Regional, Environment Canterbury Regional, Greater Wellington Regional, Auckland, Tasman District, Taranaki Regional, Waikato Regional and Hawkes Bay Regional Councils to create a locally specific adaptation of the game, based on the fictitious Awapikopiko catchment.