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Banner - Healthy Rivers Wai Ora: Your rivers, your plan
Click here to read the proposed plan change, and its supporting documents Click here to have your say - make a submission! Click here to use our tool to find your property Click here to find out more about how you may be affected

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  • Water quality has consistently been identified as the top issue for the people of the Waikato region for the past two decades.
  • Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 is the bold response to addressing the complex issue of water quality facing our Waipa and Waikato rivers.
  • Nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria levels are rising in our waterways. We need to tackle these issues now to ensure the health of our rivers going into the future.
  • The notification of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 triggers the community’s opportunity to have their say on the proposed plan change.
    These are your rivers, this is your plan, have your say.

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  • There is a considerable investment already made by many to improving water quality in our rivers.
    The changes we are looking to make ensure we are all playing our part.
  • The proposed plan change has been developed using a collaborative process that means those who are most affected by the changes have been at the table developing the policy.
  • We are taking a staged approach that balances the social, economic, cultural and environmental needs of our region managing water quality over an 80-year period.
  • This is the foundation decade for change.
  • The proposed plan change is required to give effect to Government legislation on the management of fresh water and Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato (The Vision and Strategy
    for the Waikato and Waipā rivers) which was introduced by Government as part of Treaty Settlement legislation.

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Click here - and dip your toes into Healthy Rivers

If you’d like to read the full Proposed Plan Change 1, the relevant legislation it supports and learn more about the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and the Technical Alliance Group who developed the policy.


Click here - and dive into Healthy Rivers

 If you'd like to review all the technical reports, background documents and work of the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and the Technical Alliance Group

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A different view

We've made a video to help you understand what's going on. Take a look!
TIP: To view a larger video in YouTube click on the YouTube logo.

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 Useful links

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