Part 9 Water conservation orders

199 Purpose of water conservation orders

(1)

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part 2, the purpose of a water conservation order is to recognise and sustain—

(a)

outstanding amenity or intrinsic values which are afforded by waters in their natural state:

(b)

where waters are no longer in their natural state, the amenity or intrinsic values of those waters which in themselves warrant protection because they are considered outstanding.

(2)

A water conservation order may provide for any of the following:

(a)

the preservation as far as possible in its natural state of any water body that is considered to be outstanding:

(b)

the protection of characteristics which any water body has or contributes to, and which are considered to be outstanding,—

(i)

as a habitat for terrestrial or aquatic organisms:

(ii)

as a fishery:

(iii)

for its wild, scenic, or other natural characteristics:

(iv)

for scientific and ecological values:

(v)

for recreational, historical, spiritual, or cultural purposes:

(c)

the protection of characteristics which any water body has or contributes to, and which are considered to be of outstanding significance in accordance with tikanga Maori.