Policy Positions

Fresh Water Management

Fresh water is integral to New Zealand's visitor offering. It supports many of our iconic adventure and outdoor activities and is an important part of the natural landscapes that are the top reason visitors come here. 

One of TIA’s Sustainability Goals is Restoring Nature – we contribute to protecting and enhancing Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment, including water, biodiversity, landscape and clear air.   

TIA believes that New Zealand can achieve great things by consciously giving priority to the preservation and enhancement of our natural resources, including fresh water. In a highly modified, resource-constrained world, New Zealand has an opportunity to show, in a planned and deliberate way, environmental leadership and integrity.  

The economic value of fresh water to tourism must be prioritised in freshwater management planning. TIA supports improving national freshwater quality towards standards that support the health of our natural landscapes, support a healthy sustainable nation and enable safe and healthy visitor interaction - for now and for future generations. TIA supports the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 that elevates the importance of fresh water, and shapes policy and operational responses by local government under the Resource Management Act.