Government needs to hear from you on their plan for healthy waterways

Kiwis remain really worried about the quality of the lakes and rivers they rely on for recreation.  

A recent Colmar Brunton poll conducted for Fish & Game New Zealand showed that pollution of our rivers and lakes remains a top concern for Kiwis with two-thirds expecting the Government to put rules and regulations to protect water quality.

It’s our birthright to be able to fish, to swim, to play in our lakes and rivers and Kiwis are rightly demanding urgent action to protect that.  

The time for action to improve water quality is now.

The Government has consulted on new rules for water quality. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle an issue Kiwis are deeply concerned about. 

The next Govt steps from here are:


  • Government will reflect Kiwis input in a summary of submissions, which will be provided to Ministers to inform their decision making.


  • The Independent Advisory Panel is reviewing all submissions. This panel was appointed by Environment Minister David Parker and is chaired by retired Principal Environment Court Judge David Sheppard. The panel is not at this stage intending to meet any submitters unless it has specific questions. The panel is expected to provide recommendations to Ministers early next year on content and specific wording of the regulations.


  • The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries will also provide advice to Ministers on feedback on the proposals from meetings and submissions, as well as options Ministers may want to consider. 


  • Ministers are expected to make decisions on the final shape of new freshwater regulations in the first half of next year, with a view to having the regulations in force by mid-year.


  • Once decisions have been reached, the summary of submissions and individual submissions will be made public on the Ministry for the Environment consultation web page.



Submisisons have now closed

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