Freshwater Implementation Programme

Progressive Implementation Programme

Under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS-FM) Council is required to develop a Freshwater Implementation Programme, and publicly notify it by 31 December 2015. The Progressive Implementation Programme (PIP) defines phases for implementation of the NPS-FM, and includes a summary of actions and deadlines.

Nelson City Council’s PIP is provided in the table below.

Phase Summary of Actions Due Date

Collaborative policy development

The freshwater management unit advisory groups and the Iwi Working Group continue to meet regularly to:

  • confirm the values and objectives for each FMU
  • determine freshwater attributes.
  • input to the limit setting process for each of the attributes.
  • provide feedback on draft objectives, policies and methods

The Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan freshwater policy provisions are developed with the involvement of Council, iwi, FMU advisory groups and independent experts and scientists.


Regional Policy Statement provisions

A draft of the regional policy statement provisions for inclusion in the Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan is publicly released for comment

Mid 2016

Public consultation

Council seeks feedback from the public on the draft Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan freshwater provisions as part of draft Nelson Plan consultation.


Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan


Development of plan provisions for the freshwater chapter.  The plan will include: freshwater values, attributes, limits and targets; adopt an integrated approach and recognise cumulative effects; manage takes and discharges; manage allocation and avoid over-allocation; manage land use and co-ordinate growth and infrastructure.

Public notification of Whakamahere Whakatū Nelson Plan including freshwater chapter.


Decisions on Plan review

Council hears and considers submissions and makes decisions as part of the Nelson Plan.


More information

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Nelson Plan Water NPS Freshwater Management Progressive Implementation Programme Dec2015 (139KB PDF)