The consultation is now open.

Big changes are coming to how farmers, businesses and our community use freshwater and we want your help to shape the new rules.

We have a series of meetings coming up in June and July that are open to everyone who cares about our rivers or streams or whose work or business relies on water such as farmers, businesses and industry.

We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions about what can be done to improve water quality and protect Taranaki’s rivers and streams in the short, medium and long term.

Setting targets

We’re looking to set targets for E. coli, sediment and nutrients and limits on how much water can be sustainably taken from waterways.

These targets will directly impact many business activities such as how much water can be taken by farmers and industry so it’s vital we hear from those impacted so we can shape the new rules together.

The changes will also affect hill country farmers, farmers who have an effluent consent or those planning earthworks.

Understanding the issues

Council are seeking feedback on eight different areas with proposed changes, limits targets and rules that may affect you. Click on the tiles below to look at each in more detail. Once you have read the consultation documents have your say.

Further reading

Beyond the eight issues above, here are other reports you can read for background information before you have your say.

Sharing your views

The consultation is now open.

You’ll see all the information about when and where you can come and talk with us on this page. The drop-in sessions start on 17 June in Ōkato and run until 1 July with two sessions in New Plymouth. There will also be an online session on 3 July where you can talk with us via Zoom. The link will be available on this webpage.

The community conversation runs from 10 June to 2 August. As well as talking to our staff at the 16 drop-in events, you can provide feedback via the survey on this webpage.

Water Targets Roadshow

Come and find out how you can shape the rules around managing water and land use in Taranaki. Drop in at a time that suits you to one of our roadshow events

Monday 17 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Okato Hempton Hall

72 Carthew Street, Ōkato 4335

Monday 17 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Opunake Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration Events Centre

156 Tasman Street, Ōpunake 4616

Tuesday 18 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Hawera TSB Hub

Camberwell Road, Hāwera 4610

Tuesday 18 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Kaponga War Memorial Hall

57 Victoria Street, Kaponga 4679

Thursday 20 June 2024 11:00 am to 02:30 pm

Urenui Community Centre

13 Takiroa Street, Urenui 4375

Thursday 20 June 2024 04:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Uruti Community Hall

1672 Mokau Road, Uruti 4378

Friday 21 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Patea Hunter Shaw Building

29 Victoria Street, Patea 4520

Friday 21 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Waitotara Hotel

1 Kaipo Street, Waitotara

Monday 24 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Waitara Whai Tapuwae Nō Rongo- North Taranaki Sport and Recreation Centre

17 Princess Street, Waitara

Monday 24 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Bell Block Fred tucker Community Centre

130 Parklands Avenue, Bell Block, New Plymouth 4312

Tuesday 25 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Inglewood TET stadium

1 Elliot Street, Inglewood 4330

Tuesday 25 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Tarata Hall

1757 Tarata Road, RD7, Inglewood 4387

Thursday 27 June 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

Stratford Centennial Rest Rooms

1A Fenton Street, Stratford, 4332

Thursday 27 June 2024 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Te Wera Camp

3560 Ohura Road, Te Wera 4395

Monday 1 July 2024 10:00 am to 01:00 pm

New Plymouth Merrilands Domain Hall

259 Mangorei Road, Merrilands, New Plymouth 4312

Monday 1 July 2024 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm

New Plymouth Bryan Bellringer Pavilion Pukekura Park

Liardet St Entrance, New Plymouth

Wednesday 3 July 2024 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Online Zoom