Forum takes a break
The Forum has completed its current phase of work, so members have decided to take a break from July 2018, as we did in 2010 and again at the completion of the Third Report in 2012. Members are ready to gather again should we feel there is another tranche of work to do to continue to improve NZ's freshwater management system. Members will await with interest the Government's response to our latest report.
Forum advice on improving water quality
The Forum has provided advice to Ministers David Parker and Damien O'Connor on improving water quality through preventing degradation and addressing sediment and nitrogen. Download the report, and the press release.
The Forum is pleased that recommendations made last year have now been incorporated in the latest NPS-FM - see press release. We are also pleased to release our review of implementation of the NPS-FM and commentary on MfE's implementation review.
Forum submission on 'Clean Water' discussion document
Download the Land and Water Forum submission on the Ministry for the Environment's Clean Water consultation and proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
Progress on implementation of recommendations
Here is a table (pdf, 311 KB) and cover note (Word, 500 KB) that sets out the Land and Water Forum Secretariat's assessment in April 2016 of which recommendations contained in the Forum's four reports have been and are being implemented by the Government, regional councils and other organisations - and to what extent. We intend this to be a living document and we will try to keep it up to date.
Launch of the Fourth Report of the Land and Water Forum
The Forum’s fourth major report addresses how to maximise the economic benefits of freshwater while managing within water quality and quantity limits that are set consistent with the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS-FM). It also recommends exclusion of livestock from waterways on plains and lowland hills, addresses a number of urban issues and suggests tools and approaches to assist the Crown’s exploration of rights and interests with iwi.
Download the report (pdf, 2.5 MB), the Chair's speech at the launch of the report and the press release.