Progressive Implementation Programme

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014(amended 2017) identifies that the quality, health, availability and economic value of fresh water, both surface and groundwater, in New Zealand is under threat.

The NPSFM directs local government to manage water in an integrated and sustainable way, while providing for economic growth within set water quantity and quality limits. The management of fresh water as a resource needs to reflect catchment level variation, including managing land use and development activities that affect freshwater so that growth is achieved with a lower environmental footprint. 

Policy E1 of the NPSFM requires that every regional council implement the policy as promptly as is reasonable in the circumstances, and so it is fully implemented no later than 31 December 2025, or by extension, 31 December 2030. Where it is impracticable to implement by 2015, a programme of defined time – limited stages by which to implement, shall be formally adopted by Council, and publicly notified.  Policy E1(f) provides for any programme previously adopted under Policy E1 to be reviewed, and formally adopted by 31 December 2018.

Therefore, in accordance with Policy E1 of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014(amended 2017), the Otago Regional Council hereby gives public notice of its Progressive Implementation Programme for implementing Policies AA1, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, C1,C2,CA1,CA2,CA3 and CA4 as outlined below:




Completed by

Establish Freshwater Management Units(FMU’s)

Objective CA 1 and Policy CA1 outline the process for setting Freshwater Management Units. This would be confirmed by Council resolution.

April 2019



Develop framework for Water Management in Otago




S 79 review of Water Plan, including three waters, land use gaps





Stocktake and gap analysis of water plan against the NPSFM, NES Drinking Water, & other relevant National Direction

Consolidation of existing work programmes


Alignment with Rural Water Quality Strategy, where practical



April 2020, comprising the following:


S79 review commencing February 2019;


Land use gaps identified by July 2019;


Stocktake and gap analysis completed by April 2019



Analysis of Rural Water Quality Strategy

Technical and specialist work Programme to understand baseline knowledge

Stocktake of baseline information for each FMU’s

August 2019

Values Conversation

Policy CA2 outlines the value setting process

Commencing October 2019, and progressively moving through each FMU

Technical and specialist Work Programme to support Limit setting

Using the values to understand the technical work programme required to set objectives

Commencing August 2019

Plan Review


Notified December 2025

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