Everyone values freshwater and the role it plays in our lives.
While we have that in common, our different backgrounds mean we may value freshwater for different reasons. Horizons needs to identify those values so we know how to provide for the environmental, cultural, social and economic well-being of everyone in our region. Knowing those values will help us to identify key freshwater areas to protect and restore. It's also a key component of central government’s Essential Freshwater Package.
Please find below the draft regional values for the revised One Plan. For each of the draft values, we have also included information on the reason for its selection along with which proposed waterbodies the value is to be considered relevant. Some work around proposed waterbodies is still under development.
Some values apply across the whole region and others to specific areas. Where a value applies to a specific location, we have mapped those values on an interactive tool.
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In addition to the values outlined below, Council must also recognise and provide for Tupua te Kawa (s13 Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017), and Ngā Toka Tupua o Te Waiū-o-Te-Ika (s108 Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Act 2019).
NPS-FM compulsory values
The Government has identified four compulsory values, which we must include in the One Plan
NPS-FM other values
The Government has also identified nine other values which Horizons must consider. After our community and stakeholder engagement, we believe all of these values are relevant to the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.
Horizons can also identify any other freshwater values. We are proposing the following additional values. Some of these values are already identified in the operative One Plan.