Tagged: Water governance

Happy World Water Day! - Waiology

Waiology Mar 22, 2013

By Daniel Collins World Water Day is held annually on 22 March to focus people’s attention on freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Championed by the United Nations, each year is dedicated to a different theme. This year’s theme is cooperation (“water, water everywhere, but only if we share”), and it is for this … Read More

The National Parks of our waterways: Do they have any future under proposed Government reforms? - Waiology

Waiology Mar 20, 2013

By Neil Deans Water Conservation Orders (WCOs) are statutory tools used to protect waterbodies of outstanding value nationally – rivers, lakes, and wetlands – much like mountains and coasts are protected by National Parks. They preserve or protect outstanding features such as fisheries, wildlife, Maori, cultural, recreational, wild and scenic or scientific values. They are to exist in perpetuity, … Read More

The legitimate use of science in managing water - Waiology

Waiology Mar 18, 2013

By Ian MacKenzie The Government has just released the discussion paper “Freshwater Reform 2013 and beyond“. It has three main recommendations: establish a national objectives framework, allow for collaborative community planning, and manage within quality and quantity limits using best industry practices. All three of these need sound information, preferably undisputed, and based on sound interpretation of the … Read More

Who owns water? Māori or the Crown? - Waiology

Waiology Mar 15, 2013

By Jacinta Ruru Water governance is tricky at the best of times. As we all know, water is fundamentally important to the welfare of people, plants, livestock, farming activities, industry and power generation, it has an increasing economic value, and it moves in a flowing nature. But water is also uniquely important to Māori for the simple reasons that … Read More

Water governance and the RMA - Waiology

Waiology Mar 13, 2013

By Steve Couper Deteriorating water quality is consistently rated by many New Zealanders as being their number one environmental concern. Their concern is well placed. Some of our lowland waterways are now so badly polluted that the ‘clean green’ brand we promote is being actively challenged. The evidence for declining environmental health in these waterways is strong. Monitoring 77 … Read More

The role of science and science communication in setting environmental limits - Waiology

Waiology Mar 11, 2013

By Ned Norton and Helen Rouse In water resource management under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS) (2011), limit setting refers to the process of defining the amount of the resource that is available for use (in terms of both quantity and quality) while still meeting defined freshwater environment outcomes. A collaborative approach to setting limits … Read More

Government releases freshwater reform proposals - Waiology

Waiology Mar 09, 2013

By Daniel Collins On Saturday the Government released its freshwater management reform proposal – Freshwater reform 2012 and beyond. The report proposes a massive suite of reforms, stemming from work initiated in 2009 with the Government’s ‘Fresh Start for Freshwater’, and based on recommendations from the Land and Water Forum, and consultation with stakeholders and the … Read More

The Department of Conservation’s role in water governance - Waiology

Waiology Mar 08, 2013

By Rosemary Miller The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) vision is to foster a healthy, functioning environment today and for future generations. This includes New Zealand freshwaters. So where does DOC fit into the overall picture of water governance in New Zealand? Firstly, DOC has specific freshwater functions as set out in the Conservation Act Legislation: To preserve … Read More

Water governance – we’re getting into overdraft - Waiology

Waiology Mar 06, 2013

By Andrew Fenemor Like the challenge of balancing the household budget, we NZers are finding that despite being a ‘pluvial country’ we’re reaching allocation limits in many of our catchments. Looking back, 100+ years ago exploitation of water resources focused firstly on rivers. Then water use especially for irrigation and urban supplies moved to groundwater takes. Now as pumping … Read More

Personal reflections on the Land and Water Forum - Waiology

Waiology Mar 04, 2013

By Hugh Canard I was asked to contribute to Waiology’s series on water governance, and after a very brief struggle with my inertial guidance system, I thought my contribution should be from the inside of the governance tent looking out. I have been variously engaged in the early stages of the development through to the implementation phases of … Read More