Living Water: Dairy and freshwater thriving together

About Living Water

Mō Living Water

Farming and freshwater thriving together

Te puāwai ngātahi a te mahi pāmu me te wai māori

Living Water is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Fonterra. We’ve trialled tools, methods and approaches to enable farming, freshwater and healthy ecosystems to thrive side-by-side.

We’ve been working with farmers, scientists, councils, mana whenua and communities to design and test solutions to improve freshwater quality, and then sharing the results of our trials and research on this website.

Our mission

Tā tātou Whāinga

70 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

Our People

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With nearly 40% of New Zealand’s land under our 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.

Our People

Where we’re working

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How we’re working

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Working towards a common vision of dairy and freshwater thriving together


Designing and trialling solutions in five unique catchments


Measuring the impact we can have across 10 years


Scaling implementation — understanding what works and what it will cost


Championing change — to mindsets, approaches, systems and aspirations

How we’re working

What we’re up to

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

Tools and solutions

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Our projects, case studies, and resources

Tools and solutions