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Managing dams to ensure they are safe

On 12 May 2022, new regulations were made by the Government to improve the safety and resilience of Aotearoa New Zealand's dams.

The regulations ensure that classifiable dams are well operated, maintained and regularly monitored. They also ensure that potential impacts of dam incidents and failures are reduced, protecting people, property, and the environment.

On 13 May 2024, the regulations commence which gives dam owners 2 years to prepare for their dam safety responsibilities.

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This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: