Freshwater Management
Operating at the forefront of freshwater management
Wynn Williams’ specialist team in Resource Management and Environmental Law is leading the way in freshwater management with their innovative and pragmatic approach.

Wynn Williams' Resource Management and Environmental team operates at the forefront of freshwater management planning in New Zealand. Renowned for their expertise as specialist legal advisors to regional councils, the team has successfully managed complex freshwater planning projects from inception through to resolution of appeals, as part of councils' requirement to give effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. This involves strategic advice on all aspects of the planning process.  Wynn Williams has a high degree of technical knowledge with respect to water quantity and water quality issues. 

Wynn Williams' Resource Management and Environmental Team are leading innovative approaches to dealing with freshwater management. The Team has been heavily involved in finding solutions to address water allocation and water quality issues, and in the application of various nutrient management tools in regional plans.  Having worked with regional and territorial authorities, the team has extensive experience in the implementation of higher order policy documents, including the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and its National Objectives Framework.  

Freshwater management affects a wide range of industries, stakeholders, interest groups, local authorities and the community.  The team is adept at handling all water management issues as a result of their broad experience and knowledge base.
We can assist with the following:

Specialists

Recent Projects

  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on TrustPower's application to amend the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988.
  • Acting for the Canterbury Regional Council on the proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan.

Articles

14/08/2017

Amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 provides national direction for the management of freshwater under the Resource Management Act 1991. On 7 August 2017, the Government announced amendments to the NPSFM which will come into force on 6 September 2017.

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27/04/2017

Wellington Fish and Game Council v Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council [2017] NZEnvc 37 – summary of the One Plan Declarations

This decision of the Environment Court concerns an application for various declarations made by Wellington Fish and Game Council and the Environmental Defence Society Inc, that the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council has been failing to correctly implement the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Plan.

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23/02/2017

Changes to freshwater management

Today the Government announced a suite of further freshwater management reforms. The headline change is a new target that 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers meet swimmable water quality standards by 2040.

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1/04/2016

Are More Changes Afoot for the Management of Freshwater Quality?

A recent hikoi and associated petition presented to Parliament this week highlights the increasing focus being given to the management of the quality of freshwater in New Zealand.

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2/05/2013

The Changing Face of Water Management in Canterbury

Over the last ten years, the focus in Canterbury has been on getting water.  Now that water has been allocated, the focus is now moving to securing the reliability of that water and controlling the discharges associated with its use. This new focus is wider than just dairying, and includes the use of land for any primary production.

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12/03/2013

Government casts rod on submissions for freshwater reform

In a jointly released initiative, the Minister for the Environment Amy Adams and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy have called for submissions on New Zealand's freshwater management regime.

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21/01/2013

Summary of Decisions Requested on Proposed Plans - the Importance of Getting it Right

Many local authorities around the country are in the process of reviewing regional and district plans, prior to notifying proposed new versions of those documents.  Interested persons will be able to lodge submissions and further submissions on the proposed plans.

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30/10/2010

Priority and Notifiability of Applications for Consent - Central Plains Water

The Central Plains Water saga - all the way up to the Supreme Court, and this is just the preliminary
skirmishing. The hearing of CPW's application to take water for irrigation, by the Council's commissioners,
has not yet concluded - so appeals on the actual application are still just a twinkle in the parties' eyes.

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