Waterways and wetlands are an important on-farm asset and are places for recreation, harvesting food, and providing crucial habitat for birds and freshwater species.
What you do on your land makes a difference far beyond the farm gate. By adopting good practices including fencing off waterways and planting, you can protect and enhance water bodies on your land and downstream. These actions can also improve stock health, reduce losses and ease the difficulties of moving stock when done well.
Stay engaged, listen and read about the changes as the proposed Natural Resources Plan becomes operative in 2018.
Talk to your neighbours, Greater Wellington and your industry representatives, such as Beef & Lamb, DairyNZ, Horticulture New Zealand and Federated Farmers about practices for protecting our waterways and wetlands.
Many landowners are already doing things to improve water quality across the region. For instance, dairy farmers are working toward stock exclusion under the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord, but like everyone else are still on a journey – good practice is about continuous improvement that is in step with new science and technology.
Many good practices are straightforward, but others require more planning, time and resource.
Here are our top five recommendations for your land:
How we can help you?
There are now more resources and support available from us and industry groups (such as DairyNZ, Beef & Lamb and Horticulture New Zealand) to help landowners continually improve their practices.
We have people with expertise and experience to provide you with advice on land and soil management specific to your farm.
High-priority waterways and wetlands have been identified through the proposed Natural Resources Plan as Category 1 and Category 2 water bodies. These water bodies have significant values, such as ecological or cultural values.
Category 1 and Category 2 water bodies have been prioritised to receive funding support to help with fencing, planting and, where appropriate, controlling pest plants and animals.
We also offer financial incentives for activities that target the protection of erosion-prone land such as pole planting on hillsides.
Does my land have a Category 1 or 2 waterway or wetland?
We have built a map indicating Category 1 and 2 waterways and wetlands. Search for your property and find out.
We can work with you to identify your water bodies and develop a riparian or wetland management plan for protecting them.
|Category 1||streams, rivers and wetlands that are significant for a range of values and may be home to vulnerable native plants and animals|
Contact us on 0800 4WN REG (0800 496 734) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get advice and support.
Other Greater Wellington resources:
Many organisations have developed guidance about good management practice for their sector:
Find out more:
Meeting new water quality and quantity rules
The proposed Natural Resources Plan combines Wellington region’s five existing regional plans into a single document. It is our response to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management issued by central Government that requires all regional authorities to implement new policy to better manage water resources. Learn more about the proposed Natural Resources Plan.
Until the proposed Natural Resources Plan is adopted, resource users must still comply with rules in the proposed plan and current rules in the five existing plans.