The Waikato Regional Council is changing the regional plan. These changes will affect all dairy farmers and communities in the Waikato and Waipa catchments.
The plan change for the next 10 years is the first step towards meeting the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River/Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato over the next 80 years.
The plan change will set policies and rules to reduce sediment, bacteria and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering water bodies, including groundwater, in the Waikato and Waipa River catchments, an area of 1.1 million hectares.
Are you concerned about the proposed new rules for Healthy Rivers?
Find out what the Waikato Regional Council’s Healthy Rivers plan change means for your business. DairyNZ is hosting levy paying dairy farmer meetings to discuss the rules and what they mean for you. We will gather your feedback and ideas to assist with any submissions.
Get informed and involved in the plan change process.
Come to a meeting to find out:
- The thinking behind the proposed policy mix
- What the policies and rules are
- How they will affect your business
- When you will have to act
- How you can have a say before the plan change is finalised.
For details of the individual events click here.
If you need more information, please contact Mike Bramley, Environmental Extension Specialist on 027 497 8790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What's happening now?
In September, Waikato Regional Council voted to publicly notify the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa Catchments.
The plan has been developed using a collaborative process with iwi project partners, farming sector and community representatives, non-government organisations and council who have worked together to shape a solution.
- Click here to view Summary of the proposed rules
- Visit the Healthy Rivers page at Waikato Regional Council here
The indicative timeline for notification of the proposed plan change:
|September 2016||Waikato Regional Council makes decision to notify proposed plan change.|
|22 October 2016||The proposed plan change was notified for public submissions.|
|8 March 2017||
Submissions close at 5pm.