Plan objectives

The plan’s objectives are to:

  • stop further degradation of New Zealand’s freshwater resources and start making immediate improvements so that water quality is materially improving within five years
  • reverse past damage to bring New Zealand’s freshwater resources, waterways and ecosystems to a healthy state within a generation
  • address water allocation issues, by working to achieve efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources, having regard to all interests including Māori, and existing and potential new users

For the full plan see Essential Freshwater: Healthy Water, Fairly Allocated

Work programme initiatives

Implementation guidance

Advisory groups for the Essential Freshwater programme