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From the lakes to the sea: Managing the amount of water in the Clutha/Mata-au

We’re developing a change to the Water Plan to set environmental flows/levels and allocation limits to manage the amount of water in the Clutha/Mata-au, its lakes and its two main upper catchment tributaries.

What’s this about?

We are developing a plan change to Otago’s Regional Plan Water (Water Plan) to manage the amount of water in the Clutha/Mata-au, its lakes and main upper catchment tributaries. This includes setting minimum flows and allocation limits for the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and levels and allocation limits for Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) is required by Government, through the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2017 (NPSFM), to set environmental flows and/or levels for all freshwater management units (FMU) in its region (except ponds and naturally ephemeral water bodies). These must include minimum flows and allocation limits for rivers and streams and minimum water levels and allocation limits for other FMUs.  Minimum flows/levels and allocation limits are set in Schedule 2 of the Water Plan. 

Schedule 2 of the Water Plan

The changes we make to the Water Plan will be informed by the NPSFM, by environmental, economic, cultural, social, and planning assessments, and with input from the community and people affected by any potential changes. 

Before we notify the proposed plan change to the Water Plan, we are holding a series of three community consultation sessions over the coming months to develop the plan change.  The feedback we receive from the community will help us to develop the plan change.

How to be involved

There will be three stages of community consultation sessions to help shape how we manage water in the Clutha/Mata-au: from the lakes to the sea.  You can expect to see us in your community during:

  • 22 November to 5 December 2017 – Consultation 1
  • late 2018 - Consultation 2 (dates to be confirmed)
  • mid 2019 – Consultation 3 (dates to be confirmed)

We’ll update this page for each of the consultation sessions as the information becomes available. 

Upcoming Consultation – November-December 2017 

Consultation 1 – What’s important to you?

We know that water is important to different people for different reasons. We want to understand what you think is important about water in the Clutha/Mata-au, its lakes and main upper catchment tributaries.  For example:

  • Do you use the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea rivers or Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka Hawea, Dunstan or Roxburgh for recreation? (i.e. do you swim, play, fish, throw stones, or gold pan in these rivers or lakes?)
  • Do you take water from these water bodies for animal drinking water or household supply?
  • Do you have a commercial activity that depends on water supply from these water bodies (i.e. farm. tourism operation, other business)?
  • Do you place a high value on the rich and diverse ecosystems in our rivers and lakes?
  • Do these rivers or lakes play an important role in your personal history, your cultural heritage or that of your community?
  • Are you concerned about the state of these rivers and lakes (Do the current flow or water levels allow fish and other species to continue to thrive in your local area? Do they allow you to continue to enjoy the rivers and the lakes?)

Where and when? 

Consultation 1 sessions will be held on:


Wednesday 22 November 2017

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel

88 Frankton Road

1.30pm – 3.30pm or

6.30pm – 8.30pm


Thursday 23 November 2017

Presbyterian Community Church

91 Tenby Street

1.30pm – 3.30pm or

 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Monday 27 November 2017

The Gate

6 Barry Avenue

6.30pm – 8.30pm


Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Cellar Door

143 Centennial Avenue

1.30pm – 3.30pm or

 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Monday 4 December 2017

Roxburgh Memorial Hall

120 Scotland Street

6.30pm – 8.30pm


Tuesday 5 December 2017

Rosebank Lodge

265 Clyde Street

1.30pm – 3.30pm or

 6.30pm – 8.30pm

At the start of each session there will be a brief presentation on the purpose of the plan change and its process.  Following this there will be the opportunity to view information on the purpose of the plan change and its process, and view information on the rivers, lakes and groundwater at your pace, provide feedback and discuss your views with staff.

If you are unable to attend the session from the beginning, you are welcome to drop in at any time during the session to view information and give your views to ORC staff.

Having your say

You can have your say by attending one of the consultation sessions above and talking to ORC staff and / or filling out a feedback form available at the sessions or available for download electronically here from 22 November 2017. 

You can use this feedback form in two ways, fill it in and either:

  • Email to – clutha@orc.govt.nz
  • Post a hard copy to – Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054. Attention Clutha Plan Change.

Feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 19 January 2018.

Can’t make the sessions?

If you can’t make it to any of these consultation sessions and you want to take the opportunity to have your say, you still have options! 

From 22 November, you’ll be able to find the information we’ll have at our consultation sessions here on the website, you can expect to find: 

  • A copy of the presentation being given at the consultation sessions
  • Online interactive maps
  • Online feedback form
  • Downloadable feedback form.

Any questions? Contact ORC staff directly

Email, call or pop in and talk to our friendly team. 

Email: clutha@orc.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 474 082 and talk to Tom De Pelsemaeker or Julia Briggs.

In person: You can talk to Tom De Pelsemaeker or Julia Briggs in our Dunedin office.

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