Fresh look at managing freshwater in the Bay of Plenty
This page provides information about Bay of Plenty Regional
Council's long-term programme for implementing central government's
national policy statement for freshwater management (freshwater
Under the freshwater NPS Regional Council must manage freshwater
(lakes, rivers, aquifers and wetlands) and land around freshwater
in an integrated and sustainable way.
Freshwater management is not new to Regional Council.
Implementation will build on work already being carried out in the
Bay of Plenty.
Under the freshwater NPS we have until the end of 2030 to
implement a series of actions. Actions include putting in place
objectives, limits and (where necessary) targets for water quality
The three main areas for immediate action are:
- Prioritising water bodies for action
- Plan changes to address specific issues
- Reviewing internal systems and knowledge gaps.
While these priority areas and issues are being addressed we
will also develop longer-term actions that will integrate the
freshwater NPS into established water programmes. This is an
adaptive management approach.
Longer-term actions will be developed in parallel with the
short-term work. They will further integrate the freshwater NPS
work. Key features of the long-term programme to:
- Determine and develop region-wide methodologies, framework and
- Address priority catchments
- Plan for on-going collaboration with tangata whenua
- Plan for collaborating with stakeholders and community
- Ongoing monitoring and adaptive management
An implementation plan sets out how and when the freshwater NPS
will be implemented.
The waterbodies and catchments of Tauranga Harbour, Rotorua/Te
Arawa Lakes, Kaituna River/Maketū Estuary, Rangitāiki and Ōhiwa
Harbour are priorities for Regional Council under the our Ten Year
Plan 2012-2022. Implementation of the freshwater NPS will see this
Progress on the implementation programme will be reported
annually through Regional Council's annual reports each October.
Key documents and related links
Bay of Plenty Regional Council's freshwater management
Freshwater management related committee reports:
Ministry for the Environment
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is the central government
department that administers the National Policy Statement for
Freshwater Management. It also provides support and guidance to
regional councils. The National Policy Statement is a Resource
Management Act tool that provides a prescription of Objectives and
Policies that Regional Councils must integrate into their
freshwater management frameworks.
Land and Water Forum
The Land and Water Forum came together through a Central
Government mandate to find better ways to manage freshwater.
The Forum includes 62 organisations from a range of primary
industry groups, environmental and recreational organisations, iwi
and other organisations with a range of interests in freshwater and
land management. The Forum provided recommendation to
Central Government on how freshwater could be managed.