This document provides guidance to council staff on identifying freshwater management units (FMUs) as required under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM). It may also be of use to iwi and hapū, water users, or community members who are participating in a regional freshwater planning process.
The NPS-FM does not mandate a single correct or preferred way to identify FMUs. Each FMU must reflect the unique circumstances of each region, as these circumstances will dictate what freshwater objectives and limits will be set within the FMU. This guide provides some general direction on matters councils could take into account when identifying FMUs in their region.