National Freshwater Conference 2018
A national dialogue on the sustainable management of New Zealand’s freshwater resources
14 - 15 Feb 2018Te Wharewaka Tapere, Wellington
- Establishing a water management system in which water is effectively allocated and efficiently used
- Understanding the requirement for consensus, compromise and leadership for effective management
- Looking into the latest amendments to the Resource Management Act and how they affect freshwater
- Understanding the latest relevant case law developments
- Highlighting potential issues the law fails to address
- Discussing the latest reforms that are impacting New Zealand’s freshwater management
- How do we deal with the problems of nitrate, phosphorous and sediment pollutants?
- Is there a ‘best’ pollutant level to aim for in regard to healthy rivers?
- What are the major challenges and what further changes are required?
Delegates will be invited to discuss important issues around freshwater management in New Zealand
TOPIC ONE: What are the latest challenges you are facing in regard to implementing the NPS-FM guidelines?
TOPIC TWO: Discuss possible solutions for communities/stakeholders to mitigate the effects of contaminants in the water supply
Canterbury has a different approach to water management with locally-based zone committees recommending ways to improve water allocation and water quality.
- Understanding the unique demands for water in Canterbury
- How to manage collaboration and strategy with the wide range of stakeholders involved
The growth of urban centres, environmental concerns and the protection of water for cultural and social purposes makes water prioritisation an issue of hot debate. Our panel from different sectors will discuss the issues, challenges and possible solutions to ensure sustainable management of our water resources.
- Discussing the issues with the current water allocation and consent system
- Understanding the unique demands and challenges faced by all sectors
- Looking into solutions for improving and reducing degradation of our freshwater resources
Delegates are invited to discuss their perspectives on the sustainable management of NZ’s freshwater allocation system and then report back to the group.
- Understanding the Māori perspective on freshwater issues and discussing the concept of kaitiakitanga
- Discussing the mechanisms, frameworks and formulas for Māori participation in protecting such a critical resource
- Focusing on ways to form and maintain successful collaborative partnerships for all stakeholders involved
Policy makers need to be aware of the science which can measure what they are trying to achieve. A sound understanding of contaminant sources, their flow pathways and potential attenuation strategies have the potential to transform the impact we have on our freshwater. This session will focus on:
- Identifying the three key contaminants that have been recognised as indicators of water quality
- Recognising New Zealand’s diverse environment and potential benefits of a catchment by catchment approach
- How to use emerging science and technology for targeted and effective water quality management measures
With freshwater reserves declining and sea levels rising it is critically important to our future to be able to model and manage the changes
- The importance of monitoring global sea levels and our planet’s freshwater reserves
- Where is the freshwater, where is it going, and how is it changing on a seasonal and annual basis?
- How can remote-sensing help our knowledge of the water-cycle?
- What are the options for charging commercial users for their water consumption?
- What are the most constructive ways to use the revenue and how will it be enforced?
- Does paying for commercial use imply water ownership rights to the revenue gatherers - and what about Iwi interests?
Blair Keenan, Principal Economist, Waikato Regional Council
- Discussing whether land can continue to be intensified to meet economic goals while managing environmental effects
- Discussing trends in parameters of water quality such as nitrogen, phosphorous and ammonia and outcomes for periphyton growth
- Can science help to provide the solutions to address the problem?
Water Wairarapa is investigating the viability of water storage that could provide multiple benefits for the Wairarapa.
- Looking into how the NPS-FW and associated new limits planned for water quality and quantity, and new climate change forecasts, are predicted to significantly reduce water reliability for existing water users including urban supply and environmental flows
- Opportunities and challenges the NPS-FW provides for proposed large scale water storage schemes
- Investigating the impact to existing water users from water resource limits and climate change, the resulting potential effects to Wairarapa, and the conundrum it poses for proposed water storage options
A pilot project evaluating the use of purposeful recharge to help replenish declining groundwater levels, restore baseflows in coastal spring-fed streams (drains), and improve water quality of the underlying shallow aquifer and groundwater dependent ecosystems.
- Looking into the collaboration between regional and local councils, DHB, and environmental advocacy groups to sustainably manage groundwater quality and quantity for the Ashburton community
- Targeting high nitrate levels, and stabilising and restoring overallocated groundwater storage to restore baseflows to streams and rivers
- Explaining what the data shows and the results thus far, and the community plan to develop a catchment-wide groundwater replenishment scheme
- Understanding how fish passage provides connectivity between all habitats necessary to complete freshwater fish and other instream life cycles
- Recognising the need for a national set of guidelines relevant and practical for all stakeholders
- How simple changes to practice can help to preserve our freshwater fish species
- Microbiological threats from contaminated freshwater in New Zealand
- Health consequences of the intensification of dairying on freshwater supplies
- Risk of drinking water outbreaks at a national level
- What caused the gastroenteritis outbreak in August 2016 in Havelock North
- What did the Government Inquiry identify as having gone wrong? What did the Panel say needed to change to protect public health and avoid serious outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated drinking water going forward?
- What systemic changes has the Government Inquiry recommended? How do we work this into a consenting framework?
- The importance of encouraging collaboration to manage New Zealand’s freshwater
- Understanding the importance of the science and challenges involved
- Advocating for a consistent national monitoring system to construct effective remedial solutions