About the consultation
The Government sought feedback on proposed changes to the way fresh water is managed. These reforms aim to improve our management of fresh water to deliver better environmental and economic outcomes and better outcomes for iwi.
Summary of key proposals
|Fresh water and our environment|| |
Amend the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management to improve direction on:
Exclude stock from water bodies through regulation.
|Economic use of fresh water||Require more efficient use of fresh water and good management practice.|
|Iwi rights and interests in fresh water|| |
Strengthen Te Mana o te Wai as the underpinning platform for community discussions on fresh water.
Improve iwi/hapū participation in freshwater governance and management.
Better integrate water conservation orders (WCOs) with regional water planning and allow for increased iwi participation and decision-making on WCOs.
|Freshwater funding||Set up the ‘Next Steps for Freshwater Improvement Fund'.|
The proposals are part of the freshwater reform programme that began in 2009. See Reform programme.
The document Next steps for fresh water sets out the Government's proposals and provides background information.
Public meetings and hui
See below for the public meetings and hui on the proposed reforms. Everyone was invited to attend any of the hui or public meetings. The hui were run in line with local iwi protocols.
Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera
|Public meeting||Tuesday |
|Christchurch||Riccarton Park Function Centre, 165 Racecourse Rd||Public meeting||Thursday |
|Dunedin||Kokiri Centre, 51 Macandrew Rd, South Dunedin||Hui||Wednesday |
|Gisborne||Te Tini o Porou, 75 Huxley Rd||Hui||Tuesday |
|Hopuhopu||Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Meeting Room, 451 Old Taupiri Rd, Hopuhopu, Waikato||Hui||Tuesday |
|Invercargill||Ascot Park Hotel, cnr Tay St & Racecourse Rd||Public meeting||Wednesday |
|Kaikohe||Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi o Ngāpuhi, 16 Mangakahia Rd||Hui||Friday |
|Masterton||Masterton Town Hall, 64 Chapel St||Hui||Thursday |
|East Pier Hotel, 50 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri||Public meeting||Tuesday |
|Nelson||Seifried Estate, 168 Redwood Rd, Appleby, Richmond||Public meeting||Wednesday |
|New Plymouth||Quality Hotel Plymouth, 220 Courtenay St||Hui||Monday |
|Palmerston North||Copthorne Hotel, 110 Fitzherbert Ave||Public meeting||Thursday |
|Rotorua||Millenium Hotel, cnr Eruera & Hinemaru Sts||Public meeting||Monday |
|Tauranga||Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent||Hui||Tuesday |
|Te Hapua||Te Hiku o Te Ika Marae, Te Hapua Road, Te Hapua, Northland||Hui||Wednesday |
|Timaru||The Grosvenor, 26 Cains Tce||Public meeting||Wednesday |
|Hīrangi Marae, Hīrangi Rd||Hui||Monday |
|Wellington||West Plaza Hotel, 110 Wakefield St||Public meeting||Tuesday |
|Whakatāne||Adventure SolutioNZ, Cnr Golf Links and Thornton Rds||Hui||Tuesday |
|Kingsgate Hotel, 379 Victoria Avenue|| |
How to make a submission (Submissions are now closed)
- Use our online submission form
- Download a Word submission form [DOCX, 76KB] or PDF submission form [PDF, 239KB] to complete and return to us
- Write your own submission.
Email your submission to email@example.com as a PDF or Microsoft Word document (2003 or later version).
Post your submission to Freshwater Consultation 2016, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.
Submissions closed at 5.00pm on 22 April 2016.
Notes on making a submission
Please include the following information with your submission:
- title of the consultation
- your name or organisation name
- email address
- postal address.
Your submission can address any issue(s) relating to the proposals. The questions in the discussion document are intended as prompts and to help you organise your responses. Your submission does not have to address every question.
Publishing and releasing submissions
All or part of any written submission (including names of submitters), may be published on the Ministry for the Environment’s website, www.mfe.govt.nz. Unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission, the Ministry will consider that you have consented to website posting of both your submission and your name.
Contents of submissions may be released to the public under the Official Information Act 1982 following requests to the Ministry for the Environment (including via email). Please advise if you have any objection to the release of any information contained in a submission and, in particular, which part(s) you consider should be withheld, together with the reason(s) for withholding the information. We will take into account all such objections when responding to requests for copies of, and information on, submissions to this document under the Official Information Act.
The Privacy Act 1993 applies certain principles about the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including the Ministry for the Environment. It governs access by individuals to information about themselves held by agencies. Any personal information you supply to the Ministry in the course of making a submission will be used by the Ministry only in relation to the matters covered by this document. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not wish your name to be included in any summary of submissions that the Ministry may publish.
For further information on the proposed changes, the consultation process or how to make a submission, please contact the Ministry for the Environment on:
- Phone: 04 439 7400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Freshwater Consultation 2016, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.