Recent and upcoming Essential Freshwater implementation guidance

This list will be updated as guidance documents are completed or if an estimated delivery date changes.

Who the guidance is for

  • Regional councils
  • Iwi and hapū
  • Land and environmental managers
  • Those who farm
  • Primary sector organisations
  • Community and environmental groups,
  • Anyone else with an interest in Te Mana o Te Wai (the life-supporting capacity of freshwater). 

Topic- National Objectives Framework for the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020

Description

NOF 101 infographic to help explain the process under the National Objectives Framework: from setting the long-term vision for a catchment, identifying river values, setting outcomes and limits, as well as the community engagement needed at every stage.   

Delivered

January 2022

National Objectives Framework: mahinga kai

Description

Implementing mahinga kai as a Māori freshwater value (NPS-FM 2020) – a Kete (Toolkit)  

Related information

Mahinga kai and other Māori freshwater values factsheet

Expected delivery

April 2022 

Fish passage 

Description

  • The Fish Passage Action Plan template and related guidance for councils (as per the National Policy Statement for Freshwater 2020). 
  • The Fish Passage Assessment Tool (FPAT) instruction sheet and training video on how to meet the data collection requirements (as per the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020). 

Related information

Expected delivery

Mid 2022

Fish index of biotic integrity

Description

Web app tool and user guidance to calculate Fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores for the NPS-FM Fish IBI attribute (Appendix 2B, Table 13).

Expected delivery

Mid 2022  

Intensive winter grazing

Description

Policy and technical guidance is coming because of proposed regulation changes:

  • Intensive winter grazing fact sheet update
  • IWG module update
  • Guidance on policy changes to IWG 
  • Guidance on technical changes 

Related information

Additional information on Intensive winter grazing

Expected delivery

  

Mid 2022 

  

 

Spring 2022

Stock exclusion

Description

Monitoring and reporting requirements 

Related information

Stock exclusion factsheet

Expected delivery 

Mid 2022

In-stream nutrients – periphyton look-up tables

Description

Defining improved instream nutrient concentrations to achieve periphyton objectives.

Expected delivery

Mid 2022  

In-stream nutrients – other attributes

Description

Good practice for setting nutrient concentrations to achieve outcomes for various nutrient affected attributes.

Expected delivery

Mid 2022

 

Sediment 

Description

Guidance to help regional councils achieve sediment targets for rivers as specified in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater 2020.

Related information

Managing sediment factsheet

Expected delivery

Mid 2022  

Wetlands

Description

A standard methodology for assessing exclusion ‘c’ of the natural wetland definition (assessing 50 per cent exotic pasture species coverage).

Related information  

More information on Wetlands

Expected delivery

Mid 2022 

Fish passage

Description

Policy intent updates to the NZ Fish Passage Guidelines 

Related information

More information on fish passage

Expected delivery

Mid 2022 

National Objectives Framework for the NPS-FM 2020

Description

  • Guidance for:  
    • managing uncertainty 
    • limit setting 
    • preliminary provisions, objectives, and policies as they relate to the National Objectives Framework.
  •  Guidance for setting environmental flows and levels. 

Related information

More information on the National Objectives Framework

Expected delivery

Mid 2022

 

 

 

 

Late 2022