A person is walking along an old-fashioned jetty that extends into a lake. Native forest cloaks the hills behind and the sky and water are clear and blue.

Essential Freshwater policies and regulations: implementation guidance

The Essential Freshwater reforms were introduced by the Government in 2020. 

Te Mana o Te Wai

Te Mana o Te Wai is the life-supporting capacity of freshwater. It is at the centre of our freshwater decision-making.

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