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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

New deadline for Tukituki land use consent applications of 26th February 2021.

You will need to complete a full application for the following:

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

New requirements introduced by the NES - FW 

New requirements introduced by the NES - FW came into effect on 3 September 2020.

Some landowners in the Tukituki may be affected by these new regulations. Find out more on our Essential Freshwater page

For further information and guidance see the specific NPS/NES web pages or visit MFE here

Other DIN exceeding sub-catchments

The following sub-catchments are exceeding their DIN limit but have not yet reached a 5-year rolling average as required by the rule in the plan.

  • Tukipo
  • Porongahau
  • Maharakeke
  • Upper Tukituki Corridor

Once we confirm the exceedance, we will request consents from landowners in these sub-catchments that will need to be lodged within six months.

Papanui sub-catchment

The Papanui sub-catchment has previously exceeded the DIN limit, however current data indicates that the level of DIN will be under the 0.8 DIN mg/L limit at the lodgement date (26th February 2021) and therefore we don’t currently require resource consents for DIN exceedance in this sub-catchment, at this time.

If monitoring shows an increase in the level of DIN and the sub-catchment again exceeds the DIN limit, then we will notify landowners within the sub-catchment of the exceedance, and require a resource consent.

We will still require a resource consent from properties exceeding their individual LUC nitrate leaching limit regardless of the DIN status of the sub-catchment.

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS) 2020 and National Environmental Standards (NES-FW) for freshwater 2020.

New requirements introduced by the NES - FW came into effect on 3 September 2020.

Some landowners in the Tukituki may be affected by these new regulations.

For further information and guidance see the specific NPS/NES web pages or visit MFE here

Tukituki Dashboard

Check out our 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;Senior Regulatory Advisor

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)

The Tukituki Catchment Plan required all properties over 4 ha (excluding low intensity properties) to have a FEMP by 31 May 2018. These FEMPs are on a three yearly review cycle and are due to be updated by the 31st of May 2021.  Regardless of whether you need a Tukituki production land use consent, everyone needs to review their FEMP every 3 years.  You will need to book in with your preferred farm plan provider to get yours updated as soon as possible to beat the rush. 

The Tukituki Catchment Plan identified farm plans as a tool to underpin and make possible catchment wide, water quality improvements.  

Industry & Workshop Farm plans; if you attended a workshop and/or have a farm plan produced by an industry body, this will need a full upgrade.

Find out more about FEMPs here

Low intensity farming systems are excluded, but should fill out a Low Intensity Farm Form.

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.

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

Farm properties or farming enterprises with no more than eightstock 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.

Low Intensity Guidance

We expect farmers to identify all areas required to have stock exclusion and fence these areas by 31 May 2020. If stock exclusion has not been completed, a consent is required. We expect farmers to hold appropriate consents for their operations. Where stock exclusion is not reasonably practicable, alternative mitigation measures should 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

Frequently asked questions

No, you are not required to produce a completely new FEMP.  This is an opportunity for you to check in with your FEMP provider to see if you are on track in progressing through the action items outlined in your original plan.

It is also a time to discuss any changes that have occurred on farm since the time the farm plan was originally produced. For example, you may have bought or sold land or changed your stocking regime.  Or you may have been unable to complete certain tasks and therefore need to reschedule them into a future year of the plan. You will also be required to submit an updated nutrient budget through OverseerFM.

Remember, your FEMP is a living document and needs to be updated as things change.  The Regional Council requires this updated information to perform catchment wide analysis to show how your on-farm efforts are having a positive impact.

In most circumstances the review will involve a farm visit. If your farm system has not changed the review process should be straight forward. The update process should be tailored to the individual property and will vary in duration according to size, complexity, and environmental aspiration of the landowner. 

Your FEMP provider will be looking at your action list progression and if any farm system changes have occurred.  They will also be updating your OVERSEER® nutrient budget.  It is recommended that you discuss all associated costs with your chosen farm plan provider to design a solution that works for you.

Farmer benefits include increased efficiency of nutrient cycling within the production system and reduces the environmental footprint.  Provide a multi-layered approach to land management including soils, water, carbon cycling & GHG foot-printing, and provide for farm forestry decision making.  Identify restoration projects and opportunities to increase on-farm biodiversity.

Ultimately the farm plan will provide a level of sustainability and will save you money.  The FEMP is a long-term asset for your property. 

All FEMPs must be either created or updated by an ‘Accredited farm plan provider’.  If you have an industry workshop plan you will need to engage an Accredited farm plan provider to complete your update. 

Approved FEMP providers

 

Any of HBRCs list of ‘Accredited Providers’.. They have passed a FEMP Accreditation process with the Council, and all have experience creating and updating Tukituki FEMPs

Apart from the three-year review cycle, the Tukituki Catchment Farm plan updates can be triggered by three scenarios.

The 3-year review cycle:

31 May 2021       31 May 2024       31 May 2027

Or,

Farm system change

Have you undertaken a significant farm system change which significantly changes your overall farm inputs and outputs? E.g. dry stock farmer to intensive finishing or cropping?  The changes made to the management of the property would require a new OVERSEER® nutrient budget and new set of environmental objectives to match the new operation/system.

Purchase of a new property

If you purchase a property in the Tukituki catchment with an existing farm plan and you plan to continue with the current practices, then we need to know of the new ownership and contact details.

If you purchase the property and plan to make changes to the current system you will need to get the FEMP updated by an accredited farm plan provider and obtain a new OVERSEER® nutrient budget.  The FEMP must remain current to the farming operation. It is also advisable to discuss the proposed change with the Regional Council before instigating the new changes, as they may trigger some resource consent requirements.

Land use consents

Although Resource Consents are issued in the name of an individual, partnership, Trust or company, land use resource consents are tied to the land and cannot be transferred to a different location.

When a property sells, any associated land use consent for production land use, must be transferred to the new owner of the land. The new owners can either adopt the existing farm plan or produce a new one to reflect the proposed farming system for the property.

This may require a change to the resource consent conditions and should be discussed with the regional council prior to any changes being implemented.”

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 five 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 up to five 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.

Here is more guidance to explain.

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.

Find more guidance information here.

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