Living Water: Dairy and freshwater thriving together

Living Water is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Fonterra. Our focus is finding game-changing and scalable solutions that will enable farming, freshwater and healthy ecosystems to thrive side-by-side.

We are working with farmers, scientists, councils, mana whenua and communities to design and test solutions, and then develop a plan to implement regionally and nationally.

Our mission

100 projects

Trying things out, costing them, and planning how to take them to scale

5 regions

Demonstrating dairying and freshwater ecosystems thriving together

1 mission

To build connections which can drive better outcomes for the environment, the economy and New Zealanders

Our mission

Who are we

With nearly 40% of New Zealand’s land under their care, Fonterra and the Department of Conservation have joined forces to work on the farming and freshwater challenge.

We work on the ground, side by side. We share our expertise and use our collective strengths.

Who are we

Where we’re working

How we’re working


Working towards a common vision of dairy and freshwater thriving together


Designing and trialling solutions in five catchments


Measuring the impact across 10 years


Scaling implementation — the process and cost per farm, per region and for New Zealand


Championing change — to mindsets, approaches, systems and aspirations

How we’re working

What we’re up to

We are doers, with the big picture in mind. Check out what we have been up to around New Zealand.

Tools and solutions

Our projects, case studies, and resources

Tools and solutions