Skip to main content

Te Mana o te Wai

Te Mana o te Wai means ensuring the life-supporting capacity of freshwater.

​Te Mana o te Wai recognises the mana and mauri of water. It also encompasses the relationship between water, the wider environment and our communities. 

As part of the Te Mana o te Wai concept, the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) specifies that when making decisions on any matter relevant to freshwater, we must prioritise:

  • first, the health and wellbeing of water bodies and freshwater ecosystems
  • second, the health needs for people, such as drinking water
  • third, the ability of people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being, now and in future.

We are working with mana whenua and communities to understand what Te Mana o Te Wai means in Auckland.

The Ministry for the Environment has prepared a brief introductory webinar to help you understand Te Mana o te Wai.

See Te Mana o te Wai – Ensuring the life-supporting capacity of freshwater to watch the video.

 Related topics

 

 

Looking after Auckland's waterhttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-waterLooking after Auckland's waterFind information on how we manage Auckland’s water, from stormwater infrastructure and flooding response, to marine and freshwater environments.aspxEnvironment
Implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) in Aucklandhttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/water-strategy-policy-standards/freshwater-management-policy-standards/implementing-national-policy-statement-freshwater-management-aucklandImplementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) in AucklandFind out what the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) will mean for Auckland.aspx
Community water siteshttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/Pages/community-water-sites.aspxCommunity water sitesFind out where our community water sites are and how you can use them to supplement your rainwater tank supply during a drought.aspxEnvironment
Engaging with mana whenuahttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/prepare-resource-consent-application/Pages/engaging-with-mana-whenua.aspxEngaging with mana whenuaFind out why mana whenua may need to be consulted when applying for a resource consent.aspxResource consents
Auckland Water Strategy https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/water-strategy-policy-standards/Pages/auckland-water-strategy.aspxAuckland Water Strategy Find out about our vision and strategy for the future of Auckland's waters.aspxWater quality
Role of mana whenuahttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/plans-projects-policies-reports-bylaws/our-plans-strategies/topic-based-plans-strategies/environmental-plans-strategies/aucklands-climate-plan/implementation/Pages/role-of-mana-whenua.aspxRole of mana whenuaAbout the role of mana whenua in working together to mitigate climate change.aspx