Regional councils' implementation programmes

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

Council

Implementation to be completed
no later than:

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] 
Auckland 2025

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]
 
Gisborne  

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 2028

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]
Reviewed:
23/02/16