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The freshwater debate Water quality and flows have deteriorated significantly over the last 20 years Central Government / Regional Councils and the National.

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2 The freshwater debate Water quality and flows have deteriorated significantly over the last 20 years Central Government / Regional Councils and the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Community expectations High profile cases – Taupo, Rotorua Lakes, Horizons One Plan & now it is our turn

3 Tukituki Catchment Resource management Challenge Background – River system under stress (water quality issues & overallocated use of water) Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme proposed – environmental and economic benefits NPS Freshwater & Plan Change 6 – Tukituki first catchment – Community values define freshwater objectives – Water quality & quantity limits & targets set to meet the freshwater objectives – Policies, rules, regulation and implementation programs created realise limits and targets

4 Plan Change 6 Tukituki Phosphorus limited – Nitrogen managed to avoid toxicity impacts Nitrogen managed to maintain ecological health & phosphorus managed to minimise algae occurrence – Nitrogen LUC based nitrogen leaching cap 0.8 DIN limit Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) Very little tolerances – Phosphorus Stock exclusion FEMP Voluntary adoption of good practices

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6 Implications for you Wairoa Catchment Plan ~ Local issues  Whangawehi – Ecoli etc Market signals – beyond rules and regulations = Freshwater objectives Avoid playing catch up New ways of managing natural resources – Working together – Realistic timeframes and contexts – Attitude changes on all sides – Collective ownership of problems – Systems solutions

7 Catchment Communism Safety in numbers! Governance vacuum Advocacy – governance back Local plans for local people – legitimacy Social solutions to complex water quality problems Collective bargaining ability Peer sanction Resilience for the future – social capital, it’s who you know!


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