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In the Tukituki catchment?

The Regional Council is working with landowners and communities living in the Tukituki River catchment in Central Hawke’s Bay, to manage specific water quality issues. This page will help you find out more about the Tukituki Catchment Plan.

Tukituki land use consents

Tukituki land use consent applications (either full or pre-applications) are required now for the following;

  • Individual properties in the Tukituki Catchment which are exceeding their individual LUC nitrate leaching limit
  • Properties located within the following DIN exceeding sub-catchments; Papanui, Kahahakuri and the Mangaonuku
  • If you are unable to comply with the Tukituki Catchment Plan stock exclusion rules.

If you are able to complete a full application, please submit this to the Regional Council as soon as possible.

If you are unable to complete a full application (e.g due to lack of nutrient budget provider capacity), please fully complete both Form A and Appendix Administration Form A and submit to the Regional Council. This shows you intend to apply for consent once you are able, and provides the Regional Council with your correct contact details.  No initial deposit is required for a pre-application, but a deposit will be required once the full application is lodged.

Tukituki documents

You can find all the relevant and useful documents, including the procedural guidelines, FAQs, plan change, and other catchment related information, in 'related documents' above.

Tukituki River Catchment Plan

The aim of the Tukituki Catchment Plan Change 6 is to sustainably manage the catchment’s freshwater resources and improve its water quality. It’s a catchment-specific change to the Hawke's Bay Regional Resource Management Plan.

Find out more about the Tukituki project here

Farm Environment Management Plans (FEMPs)

All properties in the Tukituki catchment area are required to have a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP).

Find out more about FEMPs here

Low intensity farming systems are excluded, but should fill out a Low Intensity Farm Form.  
Find out more about low intensity farming here

Do you need a Resource Consent?

There are three main reasons properties in the Tukituki Catchment may need a Resource Consent. You'll need to answer the questions below to find out.

Tukituki Dashboard

Check out our new interactive dashboard to see how your subcatchment is performing.

Tukituki Dashboard

Checklist for farmers

Check out our handy list of things you need to do and useful contact numbers.

  • Have I got a FEMP? Does it meet the requirements of Schedule xxii?
  • When are the actions due?
  • Have I got a Nutrient Budget?
  • What is my estimated N loss?  What is my N loss limit?
  • What sub-catchment is my farm in? Is the sub-catchment over or under DIN?
  • Does my farm comply with the stock exclusion requirements? If not, do I have a proposed schedule of works to indicate when this will be achieved by?

Who to talk to

If you would like to speak to someone about your application, or any other matters relating to the Tukituki Catchment Plan, you can contact the following;

Your answer: Whether you need a resource consent:
YES  YES - you will need to apply for a Resource Consent
NO

 NO - but you may need one in the future.  

Find out how to apply for a resource consent here

Find out your DIN limit here

 Is you farming system ‘low intensity’*? 

Your answer: Whether you need a resource consent:
YES  No consent required, but you may need one in the future
NO  Yes, you will need to apply for a Resource Consent

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESOURCE CONSENT HERE

*NOTE: You do not need to apply for a consent if your farm is located within a sub-catchment that exceeds the instream DIN target, but it is a Low Intensity Farming System. A low intensity farm is defined as:

Low intensity farming system
Means farm properties or farming enterprises that contain no more than 8 stock units per hectare including:
• 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.
If in doubt, please contact a consent planner to discuss further, or find out more about whether you qualify for low intensity farming here.

Farmers are expected to have identified all areas required to have stock exclusion and have completed fencing these areas by 31 May 2020. If stock exclusion has not been completed a Resource Consent is required. Farmers are expected to hold appropriate consents for their operations. Where stock exclusion is not reasonably practicable alternative mitigation measures shall be implemented. 

Find out your Stock exclusion requirements here

Your answer:

Whether you need a resource consent:

NO  You will need to apply for a Resource Consent
YES

 You don't need a resource consent but you may need one in the future.  

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESOURCE CONSENT HERE

Your answer:

Whether you need a resource consent:

NO  You will need to apply for a Resource Consent
YES

 You don't need a resource consent but you may need one in the future.  

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY FOR A RESOURCE CONSENT HERE

Glossary of terms

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.

All properties in the Tukituki catchment area are required to have a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP).

Dissolved inorganic nitrogen is immediately available for plant uptake which in turn can cause nuisance algal growth in the streams and rivers.  The limit for DIN was set to 5 years of data to ensure that any climatic variability has been curtailed by the data length/duration.  This approach targets only the catchments that are under pressure from excessive nitrogen leaching. In the Tukituki the over allocated sub-catchments are upward of 5 times over the limit.

 

Nutrient budgets allow nitrogen leaching rates and phosphorus losses to be worked out for a particular farm property of farming enterprise. It is generated using a nutrient budgeting model, such as OverseerFM, and forms part of the requirements of a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP).

 

An agricultural management tool that assists in understanding nutrient use and movements on a farm which can help landowners optimise production and environmental outcomes. Overseer is owned and administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Ag Research.

Land Use Capability Classification is a system in use in New Zealand since the 1950s to try and achieve sustainable land development and management on farms. The system classifies all of New Zealand’s rural land into one of eight classes, based on its physical characteristics and attributes. Class 1 land is the most versatile and can be used for a wide range of land uses. Class 8 land has a lot of physical limitations, it may be extremely steep, and not generally suitable for arable, pastoral or commercial forestry use.

An Assesment of Environmental Effects is a written statement which identifies the effects of your proposed activity or activities on the environment so that the likely impact of the proposal can be assessed. The AEE should also describe the ways in which any negative effects are to be remedied, avoided or mitigated.

 

Means farm properties or farming enterprises that contain no more than 8 stock units per hectare including:

  • 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.

Tukituki Map

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