We would like feedback on our draft Regional Freshwater Plan, before 5pm Friday 14 November 2014.
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.
In addition to the draft plan, a number of freshwater enhancement projects have been proposed. Watch the video on priorities for the Waipaoa catchment.
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
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.