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Regional freshwater regulations to roll-out in 2025.

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We welcome the roll-out of the FW-FP regulations by the Ministry for the Environment.

Regional Council staff have been involved in providing feedback to MfE throughout the development of the regulations and roll-out timetable and have ensured Hawke’s Bay is at the end of the timetable to enable landowners to work on recovery first.

Regional Council Policy and Regulation Group Manager Katrina Brunton says, “While we have a number of priorities right now, longer term water quality objectives are expected to be realised with these regulations to improve water quality across the region.”

“We recognise the importance of these regulations in ensuring the sustainable management of freshwater resources, and we also acknowledge the commendable efforts being made by farmers and growers across the region after Cyclone Gabrielle.”

In 2025 FW-FP will be required by all properties across the region that have the following land uses:

  • 20 hectares or more in arable or pastoral use
  • 5 hectares or more in horticultural use
  • 20 hectares or more of combined use.

 More information on FW-FP can be found here:


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Contact Communications Advisor - Brendon Lane | Phone 027 320 3523

7 July 2023

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