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Farm Plans

A Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) summarises the environmental risks on a farming operation and describes how those risks will be managed over time. The Regional Council is dedicated to continuous improvement with farm planning. This page will help you find out more about Farm Plans.

What is a FEMP?

A FEMP is a Farm Environment Management Plan. It summarises the potential risks in a farming operation, and describes how these risks will be managed and reduced over time.

The Tukituki Catchment Plan management approach focuses on reducing contaminants entering surface and ground water.  Your FEMP must be provided by an accredited farm plan provider or through an industry led workshop. All FEMP’s must adhere to Schedule XXII requirements  that can be found on page 34 of the Tukituki Catchment Plan

The FEMP must:

  • adequately identify your farm’s critical source areas (i.e. areas that lose soil and nutrients).
  • determine contaminant loss from the activities on the farm (i.e. stock, fertiliser application and septic tanks), enabling properties with a FEMP to prioritise an environmental action plan. 
  • adequately state the actions for reducing the risk of these nutrient/contaminant losses.
  • set timeframes for undertaking these actions. 
  • include a nutrient budget summary based on a four year rolling average.


Once you have your FEMP it is important to treat it as a ‘living’ document. It needs to be reviewed regularly to make sure it remains relevant to your farm, and you will need to work through the identified actions and implement them

The Tukituki catchment FEMPs are on a three-year review cycle.  That means they are due to be re-submitted to HBRC before 31 May 2021.  This needs to be done more regularly if your farming system undergoes significant change.

The FEMP forms the basis for the ongoing compliance monitoring of your farm, so it’s important it accurately reflects your farming system at all times.

Once your FEMP is done

  • You should get on with the activities in your plan. This includes stock exclusion and N limit requirements by 2020.
  • The Farm Plan will need to updated in 2021 or before if you sell or change your farming system.
  • Make sure your Farm Plan is easily on hand. You may get selected for an audit. Auditing of FEMPs helps ensure that landowners and FEMP providers are identifying environmental risks and appropriate actions.

A FEMP can be completed by the farm owner/manager or an the Regional Council approved provider.

A FEMP must be signed off by a suitably qualified rural professions, i.e. approved providers.  There may be a cost involved.

Farm planning connects the top two priority goals for our region in the Strategic Plan of improving water quality and gaining smart, sustainable land use.  It also supports our priority for a healthy and functioning biodiversity.

More information

Farming in the Tukituki catchment - what you need to know about Resource Consents.

Tukituki catchment

TANK (Tutaekuri, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamū catchments) 

FEMP approved providers

Tukituki Map


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