“We look forward to working with the government on the refreshed NPS-FM, and with councils and other stakeholders throughout its implementation,” DairyNZ general manager sustainable dairy Dr David Burger says.

“Dairy farmers will welcome this announcement. As it stood, the NPS was overly complex, with unachievable timeframes for implementing the genuine change our communities want to see and are committed to. Taking the time to get this right will lead to better outcomes for the environment and our communities.

“We appreciate the government’s direction,” he says.

While the consultation is ongoing, the government has announced it will extend the timelines for regional councils to notify new freshwater plans. Councils will now have until December 31, 2027 to align with the new NPS-FM. This is in line with the freshwater policy position agricultural sector partners have advocated for.

DairyNZ general manager sustainable dairy Dr David Burger.

“We are pleased to see the government giving regional councils more time to develop fair, achievable regulations,” Dr Burger says.

“DairyNZ continues to invest in science and research to improve environmental outcomes in a way that ensures farming businesses remain viable and communities can continue to thrive.

“We acknowledge the need to continue making progress – and we remain committed to helping improve water quality outcomes across all dairy catchments, building off the great work farmers have already undertaken.”

Media contact
Justine McLeary
Senior media specialist
p: 027 808 0673
e: justine.mcleary@dairynz.co.nz

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14 Dec 2023