Buller Water Management Area

This page contains 2015 State of the Environment Water Quality Report information for the Buller Water Management Area.


This area includes the whole of the Buller catchment that is within the Tasman District boundary. This includes from Nelson Lakes, Owen, Matiri, Mangles, Matakitaki, Maruia Valley up to Boundary Rd, and Buller main stem about half way to Lyell from Maruia confluence. As of 2015, a ‘Freshwater Management Unit’ (FMU) under the ‘National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management’ has not yet been formally set up for this area. Like the Takaka and Waimea FMU’s that have been operating from 2014, there will be a collaborative governance group from the community tasked with making recommendations for limits on water quality and quantity.

Between 2010 and 2014, there were five River Water Quality sites monitored in the Buller Water Management Area. There were no reference sites in this Water Management Area.

The Buller catchment contains the majority (about 35 km) of braided river in the district, a habitat that is used by the following threatened birds: Black-billed gull, Banded dotterel, Oystercatchers, and Black-fronted tern. The main braided sections exist in the Buller from Teetotal Flat to Kawatiri Junction, lower Howard River, and Matakitaki River from Nardoo Creek to Mammoth Flat.