Local communities will be given the option of using collaborative processes to determine regional freshwater allocation and policies.
A 40-strong Water Reform Directorate has been formed in the Ministry for the Environment to respond to last week's report of the four-year experiment in consensus policy-making, the Land and Water Forum.
Poor water governance has led to lost economic opportunities according to the Land and Water Forum.
Water scarcity in some areas, pollution, animal and human health came within the scope of the high level report prepared by the forum for the government.
A year ago, nearly 60 water stakeholders were tasked with putting aside competitive differences to find some common ground in order to better use New Zealand’s freshwater resources.
The group now produced a list of 53 recommendations for the government to consider with limits for quantity and quality at the top.