Forest and Bird to leave Forum because of lack of progress by Government
The Forum regrets the decision by Forest and Bird to leave. They have been an important contributor to the work of the Forum and its consensus. Any implications flowing from their decision will be something for other members to discuss when the Forum next meets. With regard to the concerns raised by Forest and Bird about matters on which the Forum reached consensus, we will be covering these in the submission the Forum makes on the Government's current freshwater proposals.
When the Forum was established in 2009, the debate was about whether there was a problem with water quality in NZ. Now there is acceptance that we need to manage water better, and the Forum is an important means for organisations to talk to each other and work for solutions.
Forum and Minister engage on freshwater package - 3 March 2017
The Land and Water Forum met on 28 February with Minister for the Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith to discuss the Government’s Clean Water reform proposals. Our follow-up press release is here. The Minister's letter clarifying the proposals is here. The Forum's original advice of August 2016 is here, in response to Ministers Smith and Guy's request of May 2016.
The Forum will be making a submission on the Government’s package and looks forward to engaging further with the Minister to ensure the best outcome.
New Temporary Home - December 2016
While Environment House is being assessed for earthquake resilience and repaired, the Forum secretariat are working with MfE at temporary offices at 1-3 The Terrace. Phone numbers and emails are still the same.
The new Chair of the Forum is Dr Hugh Logan. Hugh Logan is a lecturer and research associate at Lincoln University and has had leadership roles in the public service, including being a previous Secretary for the Environment.
For more information, see the press release.
Progress on implementation of recommendations
Here is a table (pdf, 311 KB) and cover note (Word, 500 KB) that sets out the Land and Water Forum Secretariat's assessment in April 2016 of which recommendations contained in the Forum's four reports have been and are being implemented by the Government, regional councils and other organisations - and to what extent. We intend this to be a living document and we will try to keep it up to date.
Launch of the Fourth Report of the Land and Water Forum
The Forum’s fourth major report addresses how to maximise the economic benefits of freshwater while managing within water quality and quantity limits that are set consistent with the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management 2014 (NPS-FM). It also recommends exclusion of livestock from waterways on plains and lowland hills, addresses a number of urban issues and suggests tools and approaches to assist the Crown’s exploration of rights and interests with iwi.