Supporting evidence for Government freshwater work programme

The Government considered reports and advice from advisory groups and other experts before announcing new rules and regulations under the Essential Freshwater policy package.

The policy package has changed because of the findings of these reports, feedback from consultation and changing political and economic circumstances brought by the Covid-19 response and advice from officials.

The core economic impact reports have been updated to reflect the final policy package. Many of the other reports use earlier versions of the policy package and have not been able to be updated. This means that in these other reports the costs will appear higher than the impacts assessed for the final package.

Reports from advisory bodies

Correspondence from advisory bodies

Environmental impact assessments

Peer reviews and response to peer reviews of the primary method used to develop suspended and deposited fine sediment bottom lines for inclusion in the NPS-FM

Economic impact assessments

Assessment of cultural and economic impacts on Māori

Social impact assessment

Assessment of impact on councils

Reports released for the public consultation in September 2019

Reports used in the development of the Action for freshwater proposals 

The Ministry released multiple reports that were used to develop the Action for Freshwater proposals. While some of the policies changed following the feedback from the consultation and the Independent Advisory Panel, these reports still contain useful information for understanding the impacts and effects of the proposals and how the proposals were developed.

Advisory groups