On a national level, the Government’s water reform programme will improve the way councils and communities plan and make decisions about managing their local freshwater resources.
Under the NPS that we introduced in 2011, regional councils must now include management objectives for their water in their regional plans that reflect national and local needs. They have to ensure those objectives are accompanied by setting limits for water quality, flow and allocation.
The topics that will be reported on in each domain report and the synthesis reports will be prescribed in regulations.
Proscribing topics in regulations will ensure that environmental reporting provides necessary evidence for policy-making, and will improve clarity across the wider system about information needs and data improvement priorities, helping focus investment in improvements.
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us at Zealandia today.
We choose this venue for today’s announcement because the Kaiwharawhara catchment that the Sanctuary lies in has over the years been a microcosm of some of the challenges that the Government’s freshwater reforms seek to address.
The catchment is influenced by forestry, farming, regenerating native bush, urban and industrial land uses.
Good morning. I am pleased to welcome you all to Parliament today for an event that reflects our shared interest in the telecommunications market in New Zealand.
It is no surprise to anyone here this morning that technological advances are expanding markets and increasing demand for data and bandwidth at a dramatic rate. New Zealanders increasingly have expectations of instant and high-quality connectivity wherever they go.
Good morning. It is a pleasure to be invited to speak here this morning.
I would like to begin by acknowledging InternetNZ for organising this event, and for their on-going work in ensuring that key issues affecting the development of our digital future continue to be prominently and actively debated.
Can I also pass on my congratulations to newly-appointed chief executive Jordan Carter.