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.
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.
Want to write an effective Healthy Rivers submission?
Find out how to write a submission on the Healthy Rivers plan change at a workshop for levy-paying farmers. DairyNZ will outline the process to help you write an effective submission.
At the workshops find out:
- what we have heard from farmers so far
- how the submission process works including timelines
- the key points of DairyNZ's draft submission
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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org