Let's Kōrero: Essential Freshwater

We're developing a new plan for freshwater in Taranaki as part of the Government's Essential Freshwater reforms. Key to this is a kōrero with our community on the long-term vision for freshwater and the values our communities care about.

The Natural Resources Plan for Taranaki will replace the Council's Regional Freshwater Plan and your feedback will guide the targets, limits and rules in the plan that ensure we manage freshwater effectively for the whole community. 

As part of this process, we're looking to create six Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) in our region which group together waterbodies of similar type into geographically defined areas. We want feedback on the draft FMUs, the visions that will establish the long-term goals for those units and the values which apply to them. 

Have your say

The future of our freshwater is in your hands so we want as many people as possible to have their say on visions, values, Freshwater Management Units, limits, targets and the Natu...

Essential Freshwater: Vision

In the first phase of engagement on the future of freshwater in our region, we asked the community what a long-term vision for freshwater was.

Te Mana o te Wai

Te Mana o te Wai refers to the fundamental importance of water and recognises that protecting the health of freshwater protects the health and well-being of the wider environment.

Background and key documents

The Government's Essential Freshwater package was released in 2020 and is aimed at stopping further degradation of freshwater, making immediate improvements to water quality and reversing past damage to bring waterways and ecosystems to a healthy state within a generation. 

The package includes: