n easily understood community and environmental health framework was devised in this paper in order to provide the basis for a comprehensive assessment of the water and sanitary services for Waitakere City Council, Auckland, New Zealand. The framework, now known as KiwiGrow™ consists of a matrix that was obtained by considering seven key qualities of healthy ecosystems separately in social, economic, environmental and cultural contexts. A healthy ecosystem is supposed to be nurturing, supportive, stable, contributing, responsive, directed, and adaptive. Each of these terms takes on consistent but slightly different meanings within each of the four major contexts, providing an easily communicated and holistic framework for sustainable development. If adopted as a “mantra” within the community, it could have far reaching applications to the management of entities ranging from pocket wetlands and neighborhoods to entire regions. KiwiGrow™ can also underpin a new generation of easily understood, high impact “quadruple bottom line” sustainability reporting.
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