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Consultation on Next Steps for Freshwater

Your views sought

The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the way freshwater is managed.

This is a joint consultation between the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment.

What's proposed?

The 5 key areas we want your views on are:

  • amending the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management to improve national direction
  • excluding stock from water bodies through regulation
  • the more efficient use of freshwater and good management practice
  • iwi rights and interests in freshwater
  • setting up the 'Next Steps for Freshwater Improvement Fund'.

Consultation document

The document Next Steps for Freshwater sets out the Government's proposals and provides background information. It can be downloaded from the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE) website.

Public events and hui

Public events and hui will be held throughout the country to provide further information on the detail of the proposed reforms.

Making your submission

Find out how to make a submission on the Ministry for the Environment website:

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Who to contact

If you have questions about this consultation, email