National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS FM): Key Concepts

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE - 9am, Thursday 12th April 2021. For late registrations please email

Presented by Helen Marr

The NPS FM 2020 has Te Mana o te Wai at its heart, both as a fundamental concept and framework for management. But what does the single objective and hierarchy of obligations mean for freshwater planning?

We will explore Te Mana o te Wai and the framework of the new NPS together, how to take an integrated management approach - Ki uta ki tai and examine how this is different from ‘business as usual’.

We will look at some key terms from the NPS and why they are important, including: overallocation, use of best information, baseline state, degraded and degrading.

We’ll explore the NPS effects management hierarchy, offsets, compensation and how this differs from mitigation.

Finally we will take a look at wetlands and river extent, why they are important what you have to do about them in freshwater planning.

On completion of the course you will understand the new NPS FM terminology and meanings and be ready to start implementing the NPS in plans.

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