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Equity considerations in freshwater management

6 October, 2016
Cawthron Report 2492. Prepared for Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee.


The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has established citizen-based whaitua committees to make recommendations on the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM). The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee is tasked with delivering recommendations for land and water management in the Ruamāhanga catchment, which comprises most of the area known as Wairarapa. Formed in 2013, the committee has representatives from Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne o Wairarapa, South Wairarapa and Carterton district councils, GWRC and community representatives.

The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee has identified equity in freshwater management as one of the issues it would like to understand better. This is equity as it relates to fairness, not equity in the sense of the financial value of a company.

This short report was commissioned to provide a brief overview of equity as it relates to freshwater management.