Public meetings on freshwater and other proposals the Ministry for the Environment consulted on

In 2019 we consulted on a policy package to better look after our freshwater – our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. We invited feedback on policies to protect our productive land, grow our cities to benefit people and the environment, and also better deal with harmful waste and chemicals. This page has the public meetings we held.  

See Meetings tailored to the primary sector. See Regional hui for iwi/Māori.

To have your say on our latest consultations see Our environment - join the kōrero, have your say

Timetable of public meetings 

See the public meetings slideshow



9 September New Plymouth 5.30pm - 7.30pm 

Novotel New Plymouth, Corner of Hobson & Leach Streets  

  Dunedin 5.30pm - 7.30pm Otago Museum, 419 Great King Road
10 September Christchurch 5.30pm - 7:30pm Sudima Christchurch Airport
11 September Invercargill 5:30pm - 7:30pm Civic Theatre, Victoria Room
  Palmerston North 5.30pm - 7.30pm Distinction Palmerston North, 175 Cuba Street
13 September Queenstown 12noon - 2.00pm Crown Plaza, 93 Beach Street 
  Wellington 4.00pm - 6.00pm Harbourside Function Venue, 4 Taranaki Street, Te Aro
16 September Nelson 5.30pm - 7.30pm Rutherford Hotel, Trafalgar Square
  Tauranga 5.30pm - 7.30pm Armitage Hotel, 9 Willow Street
17 September Greymouth  6.00pm - 8.00pm West Coast Events Centre, 316 Rutherglen Rd, Rutherglen
18 September Rotorua 5.30pm - 7.30pm Rydges Hotel, 272 Fenton Street
23 September Gisborne 6.00pm - 8.00pm Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road
24 September Pukekohe 5.30pm - 7.30pm PIA Events Centre, 55 Ward St
  Napier 5.30pm - 7.30pm Pettigrew Green Arena, 480 Gloucester St, Taradale, 
25 September Auckland 6.00pm - 8.00pm Ellerslie Event Centre, Ellerslie Racecourse, 100 Ascot Avenue, Remuera - Newmarket room
26 September Whangarei 6.00pm - 8.00pm Tikipunga High School, 194 Corks Rd, Tikipunga, 
1 October Hamilton
(this meeting will focus on urban development)
5.00pm - 7.30pm The Chapel of Christ the King, St Pauls Collegiate School, 77 Hukanui Road, Chartwell


Timetable of meetings tailored to the primary sector 

See the primary sector slideshow presentation [PDF, 1.82 MB]

Read our information sheet for livestock farmers and information sheet for growers

Details of events may be subject to change. Updates will be made on this page and on events on Facebook



11 September Ashburton 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Hotel Ashburton

12 September Winton 10.00am - 12.00 noon Winton Bridge Club, 145 Park Street
19 September Timaru 12 noon - 2.00pm Phar Lap Raceway, State Highway 8, Washdyke
19 September  Timaru 6.00pm - 8.00pm Phar Lap Raceway, State Highway 8, Washdyke
23 September  Waikato 12 noon - 2.00pm Mystery Creek, 125 Mystery Rd, Gate 3
26 September Carterton 12 noon - 2.00pm Carterton Event Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton
3 October Gore 12 noon - 2.00pm Gore Town & Country Club, 9 Bury Street, East Gore,
8 October Te Kuiti 12.30pm - 2.30pm Les Munroe Centre, 8 King Street E, Te Kuiti 


Timetable of regional hui for iwi/Māori

These hui will provide an opportunity to kōrero with you and receive your advice and guidance on the policy proposals under consultation. 

Detail of events may be subject to change. Please check this page regularly.  



9 September New Plymouth 10:30am – 1:30pm

Novotel Hotel  

11 September Ohakune 9.00am – 12.00pm Te Pae Tata
12 September Palmerston North 9.00am – 12.00pm Distinction Hotel
13 September  Wellington 9:30am – 12:30pm Harbourside Events Centre
16 September Blenheim 10:30am – 1:30pm Scenic Hotel, 65 Alfred Street,
17 September Tauranga 9.00am – 12.00pm Hotel Armitage, 9 Willow St
18 September Greymouth 12.00pm – 3.00pm West Coast Events Centre, 316 Rutherglen Rd, Rutherglen 
18 September Whakatāne 9.00am – 12.00pm Manukatutahi Marae
19 September Rotorua 12:00pm – 3:00pm Te Ao Marama 
23 September Gisborne 11:30am – 2:30pm Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road
24 September Wairoa 10:30am – 1:30pm Wairoa Yacht Club, Kopu Road
24 September Hamilton 11.00am – 2.00pm Hamilton Gardens Pavillion
25 September Napier 1.00pm – 4.00pm  East Pier Hotel
25 September Auckland 12:30pm – 3:30pm Ellerslie Event Centre, Ellerslie Racecourse, 100 Ascot Avenue, Remuera - Guineas Ballroom
26 September Whangarei 10:30am – 1:00pm Pehiaweri Marae
27 September Kaitaia 10:30am – 1:30pm Te Ahu, Far North Community Centre, Cnr State Highway 1 and Matthews Ave