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Progressive Implementation Programme

Environment Southland has revised its Progressive Implementation Programme, which outlines how it will fully implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 (amended 2017). Under the NPS-FM, we are required to establish freshwater objectives and setting limits by 31 December 2025.

In November 2015, Environment Southland notified its first Progressive Implementation Programme. Since that time, both the NPS-FM and the process by which Environment Southland proposes to implement it have changed. Environment Southland, in partnership with Te Ao Marama Incorporated (as the environmental arm of Ngāi Tahu Ki Murihiku), will be working with the communities of Southland to implement the NPS-FM as part of the People, Water and Land Programme.

The purpose of the revised Progressive Implementation Programme is to set out the tasks, in stages, to implement the NPS-FM by 31 December 2025. You can find more information about this in the programme here.

To read more about the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management visit the Ministry for the Environment website.

Read more about the Final Swimmability Targets set by Council in December 2018 here.