While Environment House is being assessed for earthquake resilience and repaired, the Forum secretariat are working with MfE at temporary offices at 1-3 The Terrace. Phone numbers and emails are still the same.
The new Chair of the Forum is Dr Hugh Logan. Hugh Logan is a lecturer and research associate at Lincoln University and has had leadership roles in the public service, including being a previous Secretary for the Environment.
Alastair Bisley will be standing down as Forum Chair at the end of June after seven years in the role. The Forum members farewelled him at the Plenary meeting on 21 June and presented him with a carved tokotoko (talking stick) in recognition of his service. The Trustees are in the process of appointing a new Chair to lead the Forum through its ongoing work.
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.
The Forum has been asked by Minister for the Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith and Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy to assist the government with further development and delivery of water policy reform.