Environment Southland welcomes the Government’s latest
Essential Freshwater package and the goal of improving water quality and
The proposed changes to the National Policy Statement for
Freshwater Management and the National Environmental Standards aim to refine
the tools at our disposal, and this will help us to continue progressing the
environmental outcomes that our communities want.
Environment Southland has been working with landowners, iwi
and community groups to get action on the ground for many years. We have
progressed the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan and developed the
Regional Forum to ensure we have the policies and rules in place to support the
change that is required to achieve our communities’ aspirations for water in
The proposals announced today are wide reaching, and it is
too early to fully understand what the impacts will be. It’s important that we
take time to look at the detail and understand the significant amount of
regulatory change that is proposed and what this will mean for our work
programmes and our communities. So we won’t be in a position to comment further
at this time.
We believe our proposed Southland Water and Land Plan and
the work already underway with the Regional Forum and with our communities
align us well with the direction the proposed National Policy Statement and
National Environmental Standards are taking.
For now, we encourage Southlanders to attend one of the
Ministry for the Environment’s public meetings, read the consultation document
and make a submission.
Go to the Ministry for the Environment's website to view the consultation document and full details - https://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/consultations