National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011

Publication date: 
May 2011
Publication reference number: 
INFO 598

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 sets out the objectives and policies for freshwater management under the Resource Management Act 1991. The freshwater NPS will help drive national consistency in local RMA planning and decision-making while allowing for an appropriate level of regional flexibility. This will support improved freshwater management in New Zealand. The NES came into effect on 1 July 2011.

Guidance on implementing the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management is provided in National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011: Implementation Guide.

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 has been superseded by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014.

For summary information on the NPS-FM see the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management section on this website.