Councils welcome new freshwater toolkit

Regional and unitary councils have welcomed the announcement of the Government’s new work programme to further improve the quality of freshwater in New Zealand.

“Regional and unitary councils have been working hard to implement the NPS for freshwater management, and we’ve made good progress so far,” says LGNZ President Dave Cull. “This refresh of the regulations will further enable us to deliver on the freshwater quality that our communities deserve.”

LGNZ also welcomed the focus on Māori rights in the freshwater space, where access to water has constrained the ability to develop Māori-owned land.

“All New Zealanders recognise the inherent value of managing freshwater sustainably so that future generations can enjoy this priceless resource,” says Mr Cull. “It is great to see positive, practical steps being put in place to achieve this.”

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