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LGNZ Regional Sector says implementation key to freshwater improvement

Local Government New Zealand’s Regional Sector welcomes the introduction of new freshwater regulation, saying it’s time to look closely at the on-the-ground implementation measures that will be vital to achieve the freshwater improvements sought by both local and central government.

The Regional Sector is comprised of the 16 Regional and Unitary councils who, among a range of responsibilities, act as environmental regulators.

“We share the aims of the Government and our communities, to improve the quality of our freshwater, and implementation is key to this,” says Regional Sector Chair Doug Leeder.

“Our sector is a key part of the solution and now that the changes have been set in law, our focus has turned to how we can give effect to the revised National Policy Statement and new National Environmental Standards and regulations. This won’t be straight-forward given the shortage of highly skilled workers needed to implement these reforms, but we know how important this work is for New Zealand.”

“This includes scientists, policy planners, and consent and compliance advisors, as well as the need to increase our environmental monitoring reporting, all of which need funding in upcoming Long Term Plans and therefore discussion with our communities.”