The Essential Freshwater package is a new set of regulations and standards which aim to restore and protect the health of New Zealand waterways within a generation.
The Essential Freshwater package is a new set of standards and regulations designed to achieve genuine freshwater improvements for New Zealand’s lakes, rivers, wetlands and other freshwater waterways within a generation.
The new rules apply to all farmers, in addition to the existing regional rules in the Regional Resource Management Plan. They are being introduced in phases so you can prepare and adapt to them. Take a look at the timeline that shows the dates different regulations come into effect.
The regulations listed below are yet to be finalised after proposed changes were consulted on late in 2021. We expect the final decision on this in 2022. Find out more in the page links below.
The following topics are covered by the new national rules. Find out more below:
Certain stock classes will be required to be excluded from any natural wetland, lake or any river or stream more than a metre wide (bank-to-bank) from 2023 or 2025, with any new fencing having a minimum 3 metre setback. New pastoral systems will require immediate exclusion for the same stock class. Find out how the new rules might affect stock exclusion on your farm.
New regulations have been set for feedlots and stock holding areas, young stock are excluded from these, otherwise resource consent is required. HBRC also have a separate feedlot rule in our Regional plan, which has a different definition Find out how the new rules might affect your feedlots and stockholding areas.
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