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Appendix 3: Central Government Context: Relevant Government Programmes

vers of Flood Risk Management

This image presents government programmes that are relevant to flood risk management in a tabular format.

Central government framework

Sustainability

  • Policy – Sustainable Water Programme of Action, Sustainable land management (hill erosion), Climate change*, New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement
  • Lead agencies – DPMC, MAF, MfE, DoC
  • Primary roles – DPMC, MAF, MfE, DoC, local government
  • Acts – RMA

Climate Change

  • Policy – Afforestation, Land management*, Adaptation
  • Lead agencies – MAF, MfE
  • Primary roles – MAF, MfE, local government
  • Acts – RMA

Hazard / Civil Defence Emergency Management
            Reduction

  • Policy – Flood Review aim: ensure New Zealand has a robust framework now and in the future
  • Lead agencies – MfE
  • Primary roles – MfE, DIA, MCDEM, local government
  • Acts – RMA, Soil Conservation & Rivers Control

Readiness

  • Policy – National CDEM Strategy, Forecasts and warning systems
  • Lead agencies – DIA, MoT
  • Primary roles – DIA, MoT, MetService, CDEM groups, local government
  • Acts – RMA, Soil Conservation & Rivers Control

Response

  • Policy – National CDEM Strategy, National CDEM Plan & Guide
  • Lead agencies – DIA, MCDEM
  • Primary roles – DIA, MCDEM, CDEM groups, local government

Recovery

  • Policy – Special policy, Adverse Events Policy, State - Natural Disaster Insurance
  • Lead agencies – DIA, MAF, Treasury
  • Primary roles – DIA, MAF, EQC, CDEM groups, local government, Rural Support Trusts

Science information

  • Policy – Science Road Map, Envirolink, Geospatial Strategy, Nationally significant databases
  • Lead agencies – MoRST, FRST, LINZ
  • Primary roles – MoRST, FRST, LINZ, NIWA, GNS, Landcare
  • Acts – FRST Act, CRI Act, Land Act

Other

  • Policy – Human Capability Project, Local government*, Land transfer, Crown as land owner, Utility providers
  • Lead agencies – DoL, DIA, Treasury, LINZ
  • Primary roles – DIA, local government, SOEs
  • Acts – LGA, PWA

Local government aim (LG Position) and Central government visions

There are links between the local government aim (LG Position Statement) and Central government visions.  Each supports the other.


Local government aim (LG Position Statement)
Sustainable river and catchment management that achieves the particular level of flood hazard protection desired and accepted by each distinct community of interest, with residual risks fully understood and taken into account.

This will be achieved through:

  • statutory roles, functions, exercising powers under the LGA, RMA, Soil Con, CDEM
  • adopting good practice
  • national policy statement (what to take into account)
  • central government assistance
  • training practitioners and improving capacity
  • NZ Standard (NZ Protocol)
  • working with communities, central government, exacerbators and beneficiaries.

Central government vision

Individuals, communities and New Zealand society will understand and take responsibility for actively reducing the consequences of flooding by:

  • accepting that natural processes in the wider catchment determine long-term solutions
  • managing our activities, lands and waters to reduce damages and losses to an acceptable level
  • considering people’s social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing
  • integrating climate change and variability into decision-making.

This will be achieved through:

  • decision-making principles (to guide decision-making)
  • a national policy statement (what to take into account)
  • a central government-led forum/symposium (partnership)
  • a monitoring framework (progress towards the vision)
  • monitoring regional flood frequencies (knowing what our risk is)
  • targeted assistance and safety net funding (enabling councils to fulfil their roles and manage flood risk)
  • guidance (helping councils, practitioners and professionals)
  • central government contributing as beneficiaries (leading by example).

Note: The central government vision is shaped by the central government framework.

 

Local government framework
Regional Councils

  • LGA – Democratic decision-making and promoting communities’ wellbeing, wholly or principally for the benefit of all or a significant part of its region. Local governance statements and long-term council community plans are required.
  • RMA – Aim: integrated management of natural and physical resources to achieve sustainable management; S30 (1)(c) controls the use of land to avoid or mitigate natural hazards; Controls coastal marine area, water, discharges, beds of water bodies, biodiversity; S35(5)(j) used to gather information, including records of natural hazards to fulfil function.
  • Soil conservation – Regional councils = catchment boards through LG Reorganisation Order 1989. Boards have function of minimising and preventing damages of floods and erosion (s126).
  • CDEM – Co-ordinates CDEM groups, planning and implementing of emergency management plans.
  • Other – Local Government Official Information And Meetings Act, Drainage Acts.

Territorial Authorities

  • LGA – Democratic decision-making and promoting communities’ wellbeing, wholly or principally for the benefit of its district. Local governance statements and long-term council community plans are required; Required to undertake water services assessment (including drainage and stormwater); Regulatory, enforcement and coercive powers for drainage and stormwater.
  • RMA – Aim: integrated management of natural and physical resources to achieve sustainable management; Uses s31 to control the actual or potential effects of land use, development and protection to avoid or mitigate natural hazards; Controls surface water of rivers and lakes, and noise; S35(5)(j) used to gather information, including records of natural hazards to fulfil function.
  • Soil conservation – Only relevant where TA is a unitary authority and therefore a catchment board.
  • CDEM – Co-ordinating CDEM groups, planning and implementing emergency management plans.
  • Other – Building Act, Local Government Official Information And Meetings Act, Drainage Acts, River Boards Act

 

Note: The local government aim is shaped by the local government framework.