Overseeing robust and efficient freshwater planning

The Chief Freshwater Commissioner plays a key role in the Freshwater Planning Process

Regional Councils and Unitary Authorities are expected to have plans in place to protect and restore waterways by 2026. These plans will give effect to Te Mana o Te Wai by prioritising the health and well-being of freshwater, in line with the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and other national direction under the Resource Management Act.

The Freshwater Planning Process sets out how decisions will be made on what’s in those plans, taking the views of tangata whenua, communities and other interested parties into account.

Find out more about the process here

Chief Freshwater Commissioner Judge Laurie Newhook says this process is intended to help New Zealand move more quickly to protect and restore our freshwater. Read more from the Chief here


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Judge L J Newhook

Chief Freshwater Commissioner

Judge Craig Thompson

Freshwater Commissioner