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 happened so far?
In September 2016, Waikato Regional Council voted to publicly notify the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa Catchments.
The plan was 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.
22 October 2016 - the proposed plan change was notified for public submissions.
8 March 2017 - Submissions closed at 5pm
- The Council is currently working on the summary of submissions and an update on the Schedule 1 process will be available on the council website when completed.
The process from here:
The withdrawn area:
A portion of Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora; Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 was withdrawn in December 2016 to allow consultation with Hauraki Iwi Authorities. Council and Hauraki Iwi Authorities have developed an agreed consultation plan.
- Click here to view Summary of the proposed rules
- Visit the Healthy Rivers page at Waikato Regional Council here
- Click here to read DairyNZ's submission
- Click here to read all submissions
- Click here for the Healthy Rivers proposed catchment priority areas
Other activity underway
The industry will still need to work towards the rules as they were notified. It is likely that the plan may change as it works its way through the hearings and appeals process.
- The Farm Environment Plan template and guide are currently under development.
- Certification Plans for Nutrient Advisors and Farm Environment Planners are also underway.
- WRC will run sub-catchment field days.
- Land management training courses are being run for consultants to upskill in this area.
- The registration portal is being developed and will be online prior to the beginning of registration in September 2018.
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