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.
For more background information on the Healthy Rivers process click here.
If you need more information, please contact Mike Bramley, Environmental Extension Specialist on 027 497 8790 or email@example.com
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.
Waikato Regional Council open days starting soon
Waikato Regional Council is holding a series of open days on the proposed regional plan change. Five initial open days are being held between 1 and 8 December as follows:
- Otorohanga, Thursday 1 December, anytime between 11am and 3pm
- Reporoa, Friday 2 December, anytime between 11am and 3pm
- Putaruru, Monday 5 December, anytime between 11am and 3pm
- Tuakau, Wednesday 7 December, anytime between 11am and 3pm
- Matangi, Thursday 8 December, anytime between 3pm and 7pm
- Click here to view Summary of the proposed rules
- Visit the Healthy Rivers page at Waikato Regional Council here
- Click here for the Healthy Rivers proposed catchment priority areas
- What the Healthy Rivers plan change means for an average farm case study
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.