This page outlines requirements for regional councils when implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. It provides links to progressive implementation programmes of individual councils.
Implementation requirements for regional councils
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS) took effect on 1 August 2014.
Where councils cannot implement the NPS by the end of 2015 they must identify a programme of time-limited stages (to meet the 2025 date) and must report annually on their progress.
Links to the progressive implementation programme notified by each council are in the table below.
Progressive implementation programmes notified by each regional council
Implementation to be completed
Progressive implementation programme (on regional council website)
|Northland||2026||Programme for implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 - Northland Regional Council [PDF, 49 KB] [Northland Regional Council website]|
Proposed NPSFM progressive implementation programme for public notification [PDF, 91 KB] [Auckland Council website]
|Waikato||2027||National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPSFM) implementation programme [Waikato Regional Council website]|
|Bay of Plenty||2026||Implementation programme [Bay of Plenty Regional Council website] |
Freshwater management progressive implementation programme for the Gisborne District 2012-2021 [PDF, 525 KB] [Gisborne District Council website]
(Note. Gisborne District Council is planning to notify an updated Progressive Implementation Programme in March 2016)
|Hawke’s Bay||2026||National policy statement for freshwater progressive implementation programme for Hawke's Bay [PDF, 4,383 KB] [Hawkes Bay Regional Council website]|
|Taranaki||2023||Implementation programme for the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management [PDF, 757 KB] [Taranaki Regional Council website]|
|Horizons||2027||Staged implementation for national policy statement [Horizons Regional Council website]|
|Wellington||2025||NPS implementation timetable [Greater Wellington Regional Council website]|
|Nelson||2020||Freshwater implementation programme [Nelson City Council website]|
Tasman District Council National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 progressive implementation programme [PDF, 6.8MB] [Tasman District Council website]
(Report on pages 13-16 of the Environment and Planning Committee Agenda, 19 November 2015)
|Marlborough||2027||National Policy Statement Freshwater Management 2014 - Progress report on staged implementation programme [PDF, 416 KB] [Marlborough District Council website] |
(Report on pages 12-15 of Regional Planning and Development Committee Meeting, 5 February 2015)
|West Coast||West Coast Regional Council reports that the NPS-FM has been implemented in their region.|
|Canterbury||2027||Canterbury Regional Council progressive implementation programme 2015 [PDF, 14 KB] [Environment Canterbury Regional Council website] |
|Otago||Otago Regional Council reports that the NPS-FM has been implemented in their region.|
|Southland||2027||NPS-FM progressive implementation plan 2015 [Environment Southland website]|