Upcoming Water Plan Changes

Otago Regional Council is embarking on a Water Plan review that will bring how we manage water in Otago into line with the Government's National Policy Statement: Freshwater Management. These changes will ensure that we reflect Te Mana o te Wai (the integrated and holistic wellbeing of the water) as well as local catchment values and needs.


While the full review is undertaken, ORC will:

  • Develop a Water Permits Plan Change to bridge the gap between the expiry of deemed permits in Otago in 2021, and when a new Regional Policy Statement and Land and Water Plan for Otago will be operative.
  • Continue developing plan changes for water management in the Arrow, Cardrona and Manuherekia catchments
  • Strengthen water quality provisions in the current Water Plan through two plan changes: Plan Change 6AA and the Omnibus Plan Change.

Read more about these plan changes here (please note: this link will take you to our new Good Water in Otago website)

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