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Farm Plans (FEMP)

What is a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP)?

A Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) summarises environmental risks that have been identified on a property and explains how those risks will be managed in line with the legal requirements set out in Plan Change 6.

Do I need one?

Yes, if you own 4ha or more of productive land in the Tukituki catchment. However, if you have a low intensity farm, you only need a farm plan if your property is over 10 ha.

What is a low intensity farm?

It means a farm property or farming enterprise that contains no more than 8 stock units per hectare (this is defined on our Stock Exclusion page), and includes permanent horticultural and viticultural crops (such as orchards, vineyards) and lifestyle properties; but does not include:

a) Properties used for the production of rotational vegetable crops;
b) Dairy farms;
c) Grazed forage crops.

When do I need to do a farm plan by?

31 May 2018

What does my plan need to include?

Your FEMP needs to include all of the items listed in Schedule XXII of the Tukituki Plan, which is available here. When you receive a draft of your FEMP from your FEMP provider it would be a good idea to check your plan against this list to make sure your plan includes everything it needs to. 

Who can do one for me?

FEMP APPCMYK300ppi2A FEMP must be completed and signed off by a suitably qualified rural professional. This is to ensure that the FEMP submitted is both compliant and that the right advice has been given to ensure water quality aims are met. It is up to each landowner who they get to assist them with their FEMP, but to make sure affected landowners are getting the service that they deserve, HBRC has developed an initial approval process for FEMP providers. This  involves HBRC staff and external expertise reviewing FEMPs and liaising with FEMP providers on the quality of their product. The following providers have so far met the standards and procedures required and are Approved FEMP Providers.

Approved FEMP Providers:
 Company Contact                  
Contact Details
Opus Colin Stace
021 526 030
The Catalyst Group Peter Taylor
022 152 9434
Soter Rural Compliance Emma Buchanan
027 438 7055

Ballance Farm Sustainability Services Christina Finlayson
0800 222 090

Irricon Lilian Sherman
021 378 308

Ravensdown Colin Tyler
021 529 146

LandVision Ltd Lachie Grant
06 348 8199

 AgFirst Lochie MacGillivray
027 448 6501


Other suitably qualified providers are also working towards being Approved, but can still complete FEMPs under HBRC supervision:







Contact Details



Ravensdown Sarah Sexton
Ravensdown Nouman Kyamanywa

Courtney Mitchell
Groundstock Ltd Daniel Elms
027 427 9845
Goodman Rural Steve Goodman
027 512 1066
LandVision Ltd Doug Benn
LandVision Ltd Suzie Le Cren
06 348 8199
Abron Paul Smith
027 442 1333
Abron Briar Kay
021 734 216
Lorentz Agrology Peter Lorentz
021 900 354
Landpro Kathryn Hooper
027 759 2044
LoganStone Jay Sorensen
027 498 9932
LoganStone Hayley Mortleman
Opus  Anne-Maree Jolly
027 562 9942
AgFirst Erica van Reenen
06 929 4557
AgFirst Jessica Hughes
027 533 2939
AgFirst Alesha Cooper
Rural Directions Advisory Services             Ian Millner
027 496 6380
Rural Directions Advisory Services                   Grant Bickley
027 200 1601
Crowe Horwath Sean Bennett
06 858 5565
Crowe Horwath  Shelley Nairn
06 858 5545



Industry Groups are also playing a role in trying to help their levy payers meets the requirements around FEMPs by providing templates that can be used to help prepare a farm plan. This provides a lower (not no) cost option for completing an FEMP. This process is not appropriate for all types of farming operations, but if you are interested in exploring this option, please ring the contacts below to discuss it. Please note that for an FEMP to be acceptable to HBRC, a suitably qualified rural professional must visit your farm and confirm that your FEMP is fit for purpose. There is likely to be a cost associated with this. 

Beef and Lamb Mark Harris
027 577 9991
Dairy NZ Adam Duker
027 226 5334
FAR Diana Mathers
027 544 2236

You need a nutrient budget as part of your farm plan. There is likely to be a cost associated with this. The same person might be able to do both for you. If not, have a look at our Nutrient Budgeting page.

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