The Government is consulting on the Action for healthy waterways: A discussion document on national direction for our essential freshwater.
As part of this document, it proposes a National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, and a new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater. Horticulture New Zealand provided separate submissions for each of these documents.
While HortNZ strongly supports the Government’s intent to maintain and improve freshwater quality, our submission stresses how achieving these outcomes will affect growers and what trade-offs will be required. Water is essential for river health and growing healthy food for all, forever, and to support our economy. The timeframes set for achieving outcomes must be realistic. The focus needs to be on planned progressive improvement in water use and discharges, so we achieve outcomes that reflect not only the values we have for freshwater but also wider social, economic, environmental and cultural values.