Long-term visions for freshwater

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This round of engagement has now closed.

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) requires Horizons Regional Council to set long-term visions (aspirational statements) for freshwater for each of our Freshwater Management Units (FMUs), or catchments within an FMU. These visions must contain goals that are 'ambitious but reasonable' (i.e. be difficult to achieve but not impossible).

In this round of engagement, which closed on 24 May 2022, we asked for your feedback on visions for the FMUs you live, work or play in. We suggested several different goals which together could form each vision. Some of these goals were drawn from already existing strategies, such as the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord.

We're now collating all the feedback we've received and plan to publish a summary report in mid-2022. This will include draft visions and environmental outcomes. In 2023 we will engage on attributes, which are the measureable characteristics associated with freshwater. This includes the baseline states, target states, limits on resource use or takes, and environmental flows. All of this information will be incorporated into our change to the One Plan at the end of 2024, when the public will be able to make formal submissions.

Please note that we did not seek feedback on long-term visions for the Whanganui FMU. A vision for this FMU will likely be developed and consulted on by Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua through the development and notification of Te Heke Ngahuru, a strategy required by Te Awa Tupua Act 2017. Horizons is a member of Te Kōpuka, and will support Te Kōpuka in this work.