Know your wai - Visions for freshwater

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Now’s the time to share your views on what the future of freshwater could look like in your part of Southland.

These visions will express the community aspirations for freshwater, in order to help guide how we manage freshwater in Southland.

Southlanders have already told us a lot about what they want. This includes cleaner waterways for swimming, fishing and practicing mahinga kai (food gathering), as well as drinking water. Our waterways support food production, commercial and industrial use.

In managing freshwater, we’ve already come a long way. Now’s an important time to get involved.

Ultimately we want our waterways to achieve a state of hauora – healthy resilience, where they can take a knock and bounce back.

The visions also provide a way of articulating how we will give effect to Te Mana o te Wai in our region. Te Mana o te Wai is a concept that puts the well-being and health of our rivers, lakes, aquifers and estuaries at the centre of how we manage our freshwater. In Southland, the concept is already at the heart of our proposed Water and Land Plan.

Before completing the survey, click here to read the draft Te Mana o te Wai objective and visions for your area (Freshwater Management Unit).

If you're unsure about which Freshwater Management Unit you might be in, check out the map.


Find out more:

Learn more about our process for improving Southland’s freshwater and meeting the requirements of the National Policy Statement here.

Check out the FAQs and other useful information on the right.

Now’s the time to share your views on what the future of freshwater could look like in your part of Southland.

These visions will express the community aspirations for freshwater, in order to help guide how we manage freshwater in Southland.

Southlanders have already told us a lot about what they want. This includes cleaner waterways for swimming, fishing and practicing mahinga kai (food gathering), as well as drinking water. Our waterways support food production, commercial and industrial use.

In managing freshwater, we’ve already come a long way. Now’s an important time to get involved.

Ultimately we want our waterways to achieve a state of hauora – healthy resilience, where they can take a knock and bounce back.

The visions also provide a way of articulating how we will give effect to Te Mana o te Wai in our region. Te Mana o te Wai is a concept that puts the well-being and health of our rivers, lakes, aquifers and estuaries at the centre of how we manage our freshwater. In Southland, the concept is already at the heart of our proposed Water and Land Plan.

Before completing the survey, click here to read the draft Te Mana o te Wai objective and visions for your area (Freshwater Management Unit).

If you're unsure about which Freshwater Management Unit you might be in, check out the map.


Find out more:

Learn more about our process for improving Southland’s freshwater and meeting the requirements of the National Policy Statement here.

Check out the FAQs and other useful information on the right.

  • This survey should only take a few minutes. We really appreciate your time in sharing your thoughts with us as we continue to make progress on improving Southland's freshwater.

    The questions are set out in two sections. The first seeks your thoughts on the regionwide vision and Te Mana o te Wai objective, then we ask for your thoughts on the specific Freshwater Management Unit you feel connected to. 

    If you'd prefer to email your thoughts, you can send us an email at RPS@es.govt.nz. 

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Page last updated: 22 Jun 2022, 08:40 AM