Otago’s Water Plan is being reviewed by ORC. We are taking a staged approach to the review based on 'mountains-to-sea' catchment areas called Freshwater Management Units (FMUs). In Otago we have set five FMUs: Clutha/Mata-Au, Taieri, North Otago, Dunedin Coastal and Catlins. Due to the large size of the Clutha/Mata-Au FMU, it has been divided into five sub-areas, called rohe, for a more tailored water management approach in these areas. One of these is the Dunstan Rohe. 




The Dunstan Rohe covers around 5,000 square kilometres and is home to more than 15,000 people. It is a beautiful area, with some of Otago’s most beloved waterways: Lake Dunstan, the Arrow River and the Cardrona River.

As we go through this new FMU process, there may be some rules set for the Dunstan Rohe that differ from other areas. This will be done in consultation with the local community to ensure that waterway management reflects local values and objectives.

Information and resources

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Catchment groups

Name: Julie Perry
Phone number: 027 4989 698
Email: julie@waiwanaka.nz
Role: Manager
Organisation: WAI Wānaka
Website: https://www.waiwanaka.nz/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAIWanaka/

Consultation - have your say

ORC has worked with communities around the Arrow River in 2019 to identify what they value about the river and its aquifers, and how they want the river to be managed in the future. This feedback will help inform the revised Water Plan. The results of this consultation so far have been summarised here.

Next steps for this catchment is the development of a range of river management scenarios based on the values that the community has identified. The community will be invited to take part in discussions about the draft scenarios developed, and what they mean for the way the Arrow River is managed in the future.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on this project, please email your contact details to policy@orc.govt.nz or call 0800 474 082.

ORC key contacts

Name: Bruce Monaghan
Phone number: 0800 474 082
Email: rural@orc.govt.nz
Role: Rural Liaison and Support Advisor (Central Otago)
Organisation: Otago Regional Council

ORC Pollution Hotline

If you observe pollution to water, air or land anywhere in Otago, please call the Pollution Hotline - it's 24/7.

Phone: 0800 800 033