Water Management Act 2000 No 92
56 Access licences
(1) An access licence entitles its holder:
(a) to specified shares in the available water within a specified
water management area or from a specified water source (the share
(b) to take water:
(i) at specified times, at specified rates or in specified
circumstances, or in any combination of these, and
(ii) in specified areas or from specified
(2) Without limiting subsection (1) (a), the share component of an
access licence may be expressed:
(a) as a specified maximum volume over a specified period,
(b) as a specified proportion of the available water,
(c) as a specified proportion of the storage capacity of a specified
dam or other storage work and a specified proportion of the inflow to that dam
or work, or
(d) as a specified number of units.
(3) Shares in available water may be assigned generally or to
specified categories of access licence.
(4) In the case of a local water utility licence, its share component
is to be expressed as a specified volume per year.
(4A) Without limiting subsection (1) (b), the extraction component of
an access licence may authorise the taking of water from a water source
specified in the share component of the licence and from another water source
not so specified if those water sources are vertically abutting (either wholly
or partly) water sources.
(4B) In the circumstances referred to in subsection (4A), the water
source specified in the share component of the access licence is to be the
water source that is the main source for the extraction of water by the holder
of the licence.
(5) For the purposes of this Act, an access licence may also be
referred to as a water access
licence or a WAL.
Note. An access licence:
(a) does not confer a right on any person to use water for any
particular purpose (that right is conferred by a water use approval),
(b) does not confer a right on any person to construct or use a water
supply work (that right is conferred by a water supply work