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Te Tauākī Kaupapahere ā-Motu mō te Tiaki Waimāori (NPSFM)

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM)

The NPSFM is a Government policy that gives local authorities direction on how to manage freshwater.

Working with mana whenua and communities

The concept of Te Mana o te Wai  - the integrated and holistic well-being of water - is fundamental to the new freshwater policy.

Establishing the NPSFM in Auckland will include:

  • involving mana whenua
  • working with mana whenua and communities to set out long-term visions in the regional policy statement
  • prioritising the health and wellbeing of water bodies first, then the essential needs of people, followed by other uses.

Requirements for freshwater management

Examples of the new Government guidelines include how to:

  • manage freshwater in a way that gives effect to Te Mana o te Wai
  • improve degraded water bodies and maintain or improve all others using guidelines defined in the NPSFM policy
  • avoid any further loss or degradation of wetlands and streams
  • map existing wetlands and encourage their restoration
  • identify and work towards target outcomes for fish stocks and diversity
  • remove in-stream barriers to fish movement
  • monitor and report annually on freshwater health and quality.

More information

Visit the website for the Ministry for the Environment.


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