Land and Water Forum

The Land and Water Forum completed its work program for the Government in mid-2018 and been put into abeyance by the members.

It comprised a range of industry groups, environmental and recreational NGOs, iwi, scientists, and other organisations with interests in freshwater and land management. Active observers from local and central government participated in the discussions. Water New Zealand participated in both the Small Group and the Plenary over a period of 8 years to 2018.

Since 2009, the Forum has completed five reports containing a suite of recommendations that represent the Forum’s common vision for freshwater management in New Zealand.

The government has implemented some of the recommendations. The general intent of the government’s National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) is in line with Forum recommendations.

Forum reports and other material can be found at