National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 sets out the objectives and policies for freshwater management under the Resource Management Act 1991.
The freshwater NPS will help drive national consistency in local RMA planning and decision-making while allowing for an appropriate level of regional flexibility. This will support improved freshwater management in New Zealand.
The NPS sets in place some important ingredients of a strengthened limits-based regime for water management and helps clarify the regulatory framework for the Fresh Start for Fresh Water package as a whole.