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Water Conservation Order

The following parties lodged an application for a water conservation order (WCO) for the entire length of the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers in Hawkes Bay based on the rivers having certain outstanding values.

  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Council
  • Operation Patiki Ngāti Hori ki Kohupatiki
  • Whitewater NZ Incorporated
  • Jet Boating New Zealand
  • Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand


Version 3 of the draft order has been set for hearings in February. Horticulture NZ has been reviewing the WCO and will be holding a meeting in Hawkes Bay for interested parties to comment and provide feedback on Horticulture NZ position which is:

  • The economic and social importance of growing
  • Preference for a National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management process
  • Uncertainty about how the WCO would be implemented


The meeting details are:

  • 10.30 – 11:30 on Tuesday 27th November.
  • At the Heinz-Watties Discovery Centre, end of Tomoana Road, Hastings


For further information on the WCO click here or contact