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Freshwater Plan

We want to discuss the content of the plan with interested stakeholders to help us improve it. Following this, the plan will be formally notified for public submissions in early 2015.

Documents and how to have your say

Draft Freshwater Plan for the Gisborne Region (2.4mb)
Freshwater factsheets 1 - 13 (4.5mb) Factsheets on each topic covered in the draft Freshwater Plan.
Here's a summary of the draft plan draft Freshwater Plan summary (1mb)

Tell us your feedback online - Feedback on draft Freshwater Plan
Download the feedback form and email it to us Feedback Form (113kb)

In addition to the draft plan, a number of freshwater enhancement projects have been proposed. Watch the video on priorities for the Waipaoa catchment.

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management

Freshwater plan development in New Zealand is guided by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS-FM) which was recently revised and came into effect on 1 August 2014. The NPS-FM is part of a series of reforms to improve freshwater management at the National level. It now includes the National Objectives Framework that directs how councils are to go about setting freshwater objectives, limits and targets.

For further information on the NPS-FM, visit Ministry for the Environment's website (external link)

Plan development

We are developing a Freshwater Plan to help manage the availability and quality of freshwater in the Gisborne region. We have been working with the Fresh Water Advisory Group (FWAG) made up of representatives from various community interests.  They have been meeting regularly to guide the development of a new Freshwater Plan in a collaborative way. Meeting notes from these meetings can be read on the FWAG meeting notes page.

As part of the wider consultation with the community a discussion document we produced in November 2013 and a series of public meetings were held. This discussion document summarises key freshwater issues for the district.
The discussion document - Freshwater planning for the Gisborne region (3mb)
Summary of document - A quick reference guide to freshwater planning (2.4mb)

Background technical reports can be read on the Freshwater reports page

The Ministry for the Environment's video explains why it's necessary for us to prepare a Freshwater Plan for the region.

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