Freshwater Management Units will change the way we manage freshwater in our region
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) directs regional councils to identify areas called Freshwater Management Units (FMUs). FMUs will be key spatial units for freshwater management in the region.
An FMU can be a water body (including rivers, lakes, streams, aquifers and wetlands), multiple water bodies, or any part of a water body determined to be the appropriate scale for managing freshwater. In the Horizons Region, they're based around river catchments.
Learn about your FMU and the current state of its freshwater
Note for Whanganui and Whangaehu: We are working collaboratively with Post Settlement Governance Entities in the region for river Treaty settlements to ensure our work supports the objectives of the strategies being developed under Te Awa Tupua for the Whanganui River and provided for under Te Waiū-o-Te-Ika for the Whangaehu River.
It is acknowledged that our approach to implementing the NPS-FM in the Whanganui and Whangaehu River catchments needs to support the river settlement legislative processes and the outcomes sought in the resulting strategies. Head to the Have your say section for more information on our engagement approach.
Te Awa Tupua
The Whanganui River is subject to Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017. A whole of river strategy, Te Heke Ngahuru, is being developed by Te Kōpuka, a representative strategy development group. It is intended that the new Freshwater Regional Plan is a contributor to the achievement of the objectives of Te Heke Ngahuru.
The Whangaehu River is subject to the Ngāti Rangi Claims Settlement Act 2019, which has established the Te Waiū-o-Te-Ika framework for the catchment.