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Water Allocation Law in New Zealand

Lessons from Australia, 1st Edition

By Jagdeepkaur Singh-Ladhar


176 pages

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This book analyses water allocation law and policy in New Zealand and offers a comparative analysis with Australia.

In New Zealand it is generally accepted that water allocation law has failed to be adequately addressed and New Zealand is now faced with the problem of over-allocation in many catchments. In comparison, Australia has extensive experience in reforming its water law and policy over the last twenty years. This book provides a comparative and critical analysis of the lessons that New Zealand can learn from the Australian experience and offers guidance for the improvement of water allocation outcomes in New Zealand. Starting with the background of water allocation law and policy in New Zealand, the book traces the evolution of legal policies, including the 1967 Water and Soil Conservation Act and the 1991 Resource Management Act, and examines the role they have played in current water allocation issues. The book situates these findings within global challenges, such as the impact of climate change, and the global scarcity of and increasing demand for freshwater resources.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars researching water law and policy, natural resource management and environmental law more broadly. It was also be of use to policymakers and professional involved in developing and implementing water allocation laws and policies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Water Allocation Policy Gap 1991 – 2011

3. New Zealand Water Allocation Law and Policy After 2011

4. Australian Water Allocation Law and Policy

5. Comparative Analysis

6. Conclusion

About the Author

Jagdeepkaur Singh-Ladhar is a lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to water resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Natural Resources
LAW / Public Utilities
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Natural Resources
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy