Freshwater Management

​​​​​National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 - Implementation Programme

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPSFM) directs that every Regional Council is to implement the NPS as promptly as is reasonable in the circumstances and so it is fully completed by no later than 31 December 2025, with an extension to 31 December 2030 in special circumstances. The WCRC has been granted an extension. This national policy statement took effect 28 days after the date of its original issue by notice in the New Zealand Gazette.

Policy C2 of the NPS requires every Regional Council to make or change their RPS to the extent needed to provide for the integrated management of the effects of the use and development of land on fresh water, including encouraging the co-ordination and sequencing of regional and/or urban growth, land use and development and the provision of infrastructure. Hearings on the proposed RPS have been completed, and the RPS is currently partially operative, with appeals likely to be heard in 2019.  

A copy of the report to assess how the policies and objectives within the NPS are, or are not, being met can be downloaded here, noting the analysis was undertaken on the NPSFM 2011:​

NPS Freshwater Management Regional Assessment (PDF, 165KB)

Implementation Strategy 2018

In early 2016, in response to increasing awareness that more needs to be done to give effect to the requirements of the NPSFM​​, an implementation team was formed. The team consists of staff from Resource Science (hydrology and water quality), Consents and Compliance and the Planning departments of the Council.​

This document sets out the high level direction for staff (the implementation team) in order give effect to the NPSFM in accordance with sections 62 and 66 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

A copy of the strategy can be downloaded here:

NPSFM Implementation Strategy 2018 (PDF, 4.95MB)
NPSFM Implementation Strategy Report May 2018 (PDF, 98KB)

As the WCRC using a staged implementation under the extended timeframe we are required to provide a progress update annually (Policy E1 (e)), detail of progress and future work can be found following.​​

NPSFM Progressive Implementation Programme (PDF, 624KB)

Page reviewed: 30 Nov 2018 11:27am