Have your say on freshwater

We’re developing a new Natural Resources Plan. This Plan will include rules and limits on how freshwater in Taranaki is managed and used.


On 3 August 2020 the Government released the 'Essential Freshwater’ package. This package introduces new rules and regulations which are designed to:

  • Stop further degradation of New Zealand’s freshwater resources and improve water quality within five years.
  • Reverse past damage and bring New Zealand’s freshwater resources, waterways and ecosystems to a healthy state within a generation.

The Council’s planning framework must be updated to give effect to these changes.

Previously the Council has had several resource plans: Air Plan, Soil Plan, Coastal Plan and the Freshwater Plan. The Council intends to combine its freshwater, soil and air quality plans, and Regional Policy Statement into one Natural Resources Plan.

Where are things at now?

The Council is part-way through phase 1 of it’s community engagement programme, and there is still plenty of time to have your say.

In the first phase of consultation, we want to understand what the community’s vision is for freshwater, what’s important to the community about how freshwater is used, and we want to hear your ideas for how to improve freshwater in Taranaki.

The Regional Council will support discussions with science and historical data to uncover solutions for managing our region’s precious freshwater.

Community engagement

Feedback from the community and iwi will play an important part in shaping the rules relating to how freshwater in Taranaki is able to be used, and how it is managed and protected. 

Phase 1: What's important to you? Apr-Sep 2022
Phase 2: Review options for acheiving what's important Sep 22-Feb 23
Phase 3: Discussion on preferred options Feb-Jun 2023
Phase 4: Pre Plan notification Late 2023
Notification of Natural Resources Plan Mid 2024

How can I have a say?

Keep an eye on our website for specific dates, or register your interest in receiving further information, and we'll be in contact when it's time to have a say. 

Register your interest(external link)

How can I stay up-to-date?

We’ll be sharing project updates and information on this webpage and in our regular bi-monthly newsletter, Talking Taranaki.

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