This section sets out Government initiatives that are helping protect and restore our waterways.
What the Government is doing
In this section
The Government is committed to delivering a noticeable improvement in our water quality within five years.
There is a national target of making 90 percent of New Zealand’s large rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040, with an interim target of 80 percent swimmable by 2030.
Over the past decade successive Governments have been taking steps to improve how fresh water is managed in New Zealand. This includes water metering regulations in 2009, the National Policy Statement in 2011, the Freshwater National Objective Framework in 2014 and the 90 per cent of lakes and rivers swimmable by 2040 target announced in 2017.