Long-term visions for freshwater

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What's your vision for freshwater in your area?

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).

We are in the information gathering phase of the process and are building up the picture of our region by collecting information from a variety of different sources through a variety of methods.

Here we're asking for your feedback on visions for the FMUs you live, work or play in. We have suggested several different goals which together could form each vision. Some of these goals we've drawn from the already existing strategies, such as the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord.

We want to know your thoughts

  • Do you agree with each goal?
  • Is there anything you would change?
  • Are there goals that you think we are missing?

Engagement is open until 5pm on Tuesday 24 May 2022. Scroll down and click on an FMU in the feedback form to have your say now.

At this stage we are not seeking any feedback on 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.

If you want to understand the current state of your FMU before you comment on a vision for the future, head to the FMU section on this website to find out what's going on and what the science is telling us. In order to know where we want to get to, we need to know where we are starting from. The interactive StoryMaps in the FMU section provide some information about the current state of each FMU's waterways and the pressures that affect their availability and health.

In the Māori worldview, the relationship between the wai and the people is akin to that of a parent and a child. Tangata whenua, as the eldest child with all its intergenerational knowledge, understands how to care for the parent, the wai, and what the ideal state of the waterways should be.

We are also proposing freshwater values for inclusion in the freshwater Plan change, as required by the NPS-FM. Both the visions and values will then be used to inform environmental outcomes.

Following this engagement, we will collate all the feedback and 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.

Use the form below to have your say on a long-term vision for your FMU

You can also provide your feedback on our draft visions by emailing info@ourfreshwaterfuture.nz or by post:

Freepost 217922
Horizons Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatū Mail Centre
Palmerston North