All about water
Water is essential to life. We have built our communities around it and rely on it for so much. It is a precious resource and we are finding ways to manage it better and to balance our current needs and those of future generations.
To learn more about how we work to protect our water follow the links below:
As part of the Regional Plan review process, five whaitua (zone) committees are being established to examine water quality and allocation issues within major river catchments of the Greater Wellington Region.
The whaitua committees are community led advisory bodies and they are being asked to make proposals for integrated land and water management in their area. The committees work with the community to establish a vision for the catchment and a plan to achieve this.
The plan may include policies and rules and projectsfor managing water and land use and also recommendations that may be incorporated into the Regional Plan.
The purpose of Regional Plans is to assist the regional council in carrying out its functions under the Resource Management Act, which is to ensure that natural resources are sustainably managed.
Regional Plans are which is to ensure that natural resources are sustainably managed. The Regional Plans for the Wellington Region are currently being reviewed. A draft of the Regional Plan is due for public release in late 2014.
About reviewing the Regional Plan
We want to know about all environmental incidents which involve the contamination of water. The 24-hour environmental protection duty officer will respond to incidents involving
To report an environmental incident, phone the environment hotline on 0800 496 734. While you'll need to provide your name, address and phone number, your details are confidential and won't be released to other parties.
Resource consents are one way we manage how activities affect our natural water.
GWRC deals with four types of resource consent:
City and district councils deal with consents for other activities, such as subdivision consents and building permits. Go to your local council website for more information.
Find out more about resource consents
Greater Wellington Regional council is working with Porirua City Council, Te Runanga ō Ngāti Toa Rangitira, and Wellington City Council and other community partners to ensure the sustainable management of this important natural resource.
Find out more about the Porirua Harbour
Greater Wellington's Akura Conservation Centre is situated on the outskirts of Masterton. The centre grows and sells tree species suitable for erosion control as well as for shelter, fuelwood, and timber. Our staff can provide advice on planning, contract planting, tree species, establishment and protection techniques, shelter, pruning, chemicals and animal repellents.
Find out more about Akura Plant Nursery
Greater Wellington's Flood Protection group works with communities to manage flood risk from the region’s rivers and streams.
High quality water is essential for the health and wellbeing of our region. The cities of Lower Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington are all supplied water by Wellington Water.
Find out more about the Wellington Region's water supply
The Harbourmaster and his team work to ensure all water users are able to share in use of our waterways in a safe manner.
Find out more about harbour management
Greater Wellington regional Council monitors the quality and quantity of the region’s air, land and water resources over time. We carry out long-term monitoring across the region, as well as short-term research and investigations where information gaps or potential problems are identified.
Regional Swimming Targets - improving water quality for swimming
We work throughout the greater Wellington region to help protect, maintain and restore the local indigenous biodiversity (native plants, animals and ecosystems).
Find out more about biodiversity
Preserving our natural heritage and ensuring our economic future both depend on us caring for our natural resources, including rejuvenating damaged ecosystems. Introduced plants and animals have already radically changed our environment and despite our best efforts, as a country we remain susceptible to such threats from new, invasive species. Greater Wellington's main focus is on managing existing invasive species in the Wellington region.
Find out more about biosecurity
In urban areas
Stormwater runoff affects streams in urban areas. Some of the main pollutants that get in our stormwater include:
Find out more about keeping the region's water clean
To find out more go to
Guidelines for Managing Stock Access to Waterways in the Wellington Region