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Agricultural intensification

Agricultural intensification can lead to higher levels of nutrients, sediment and microbial contamination in our rivers, lakes, wetlands and groundwater.

The Essential Freshwater package aims to limit contamination by requiring resource consent for various land use conversions over 10 hectares.

If you want to intensify your farming operation in the following ways, you need to consider the rules under the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F):

  • Forestry to pastoral land use
  • Drystock to dairy farming land
  • Irrigation of dryland dairy farming land
  • Use of land as dairy support land
  • Increase in use of land for intensive winter razing of stock.

If more than 10 hectares is converted (total), a resource consent must be applied for. Consent applications need to demonstrate how the proposed change in land use will avoid an increase in contaminant and concentration loads in the catchment. We recommend contacting a consent advisor to discuss these types of applications.

Resource consent application forms

If you are in the TANK catchment

There are also specific land use change rules you will need to consider alongside these national rules.

Contact our consents team on 06 835 9200 if you have any questions about land use intensification, or land use change in the TANK catchment.


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