About Living Water
Living Water is a 10-year partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation, 2013-2023. We’re trialling tools and solutions to enable farming, freshwater and healthy ecosystems to thrive side-by-side.
We're working in five regions across New Zealand.
Northland, Kaipara Harbour:
Wairua River Catchment
Hauraki, Firth of Thames-Tīkapa Moana:
Waikato, Peat Lakes:
Areare, Ruatuna, Rotomānuka Catchments
Canterbury, Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere:
This partnership brings together farmers, scientists, councils, mana whenua and local communities to make a real difference for freshwater in New Zealand.
By combining DOC's restoration expertise with Fonterra's responsible dairying knowledge, we’re delivering tangible benefits to local catchments and communities, and learnings for all of New Zealand.
Both partners share responsibility for the administration and delivery of the Living Water Programme. A joint Steering Committee of people from each organisation oversee the partnership.
Following extensive stakeholder engagement, each of the five catchments has a strategic plan and annual work plans. A team of DOC and Fonterra staff at each catchment delivers the projects in the annual plan with support from other strategic partners. Progress and budgeting is reported quarterly to the joint Steering Committee.