Water Services Act 2021

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Subpart 3—Key principles relating to functions, powers, and duties

14 Te Mana o te Wai: meaning, application, effect
Meaning and application


In this Act, Te Mana o te Wai


has the meaning set out in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (as that term is defined in section 5 of this Act); and


applies, for the purposes of this Act, to water (as that term is defined in section 2(1) of the Resource Management Act 1991).



When exercising or performing a function, power, or duty under this Act, a person must give effect to Te Mana o te Wai, to the extent that Te Mana o te Wai applies to the function, power, or duty.

Section 14: replaced, on 15 December 2022, by section 236 of the Water Services Entities Act 2022 (2022 No 77).