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Good Management Practice

Good Management Practice

Updated 3 November 2020 12:15pm

Good Management Practice is defined as “Practices, procedures or tools that are effective at achieving the desired performance while providing for desired environmental outcomes. Good management practice evolves through time and results in continuous improvement as new information, technology and awareness of particular issues are developed and disseminated”.

Current GMP guidelines and documents referred to in the Proposed Plan can be found here.  Wellington Regional Council will continue to develop GMP in collaboration with industry, other relevant organisations and stakeholders to support the implementation of policies which rely on GMP to achieve the desired environmental outcomes. 

As new GMP guidelines and documents are developed they will be added to this site.

Good Management Practice links

Domestic fires

"Good practice guide for operating wood burners" by Tasman District Council

"Webpage on home fires" by Waikato Regional Council

"Warmer Cheaper" by Environment Canterbury

Outdoor burning

"Learn how to burn smoke free"“Water sensitive urban design for stormwater: Treatment Device Design Guideline”

"Good practice guide to outdoor burning" by Tasman District Council

"Webpage on outdoor burning" by Waikato Regional Council

Industrial air discharges

"Webpage on industrial emissions" by Waikato Regional Council

Good practice guide for assessing and managing odour by MfE

"Good practice guide for assessing discharges to air from industry" by MfE

Agrichemicals & fumigants

"NZS 8409:2004" by Standards New Zealand

Rural landuse

"Webpage on farm practices" by Deer Industry NZ

Land and Environment Planning by Beef+Lamb NZ

Cultivation and breakfeeding

"Non-Inversion Agronomy" by FAR

"Reducing the impacts of winter grazing on soil and water quality" by GWRC

Nutrient management – rural

"Industry-agreed Good Management Practices" by FAR, New Zealand Pork, DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb, Horticulture NZ, Deer Industry NZ

Riparian management

"Getting riparian planting right in the Wellington Region"by DairyNZ

Dairy effluent

"Dairy effluent guidelines" by GWRC

Point source discharges

Waikato River Scoping Study by MfE


"Water sensitive urban design guide"  by Wellington City Council

"Best Practice Subdivision and Development Guide" by Kapiti Coast District Council

"Low impact urban design and development (LIUDD) Stormwater guidelines (2012)by Kapiti Coast District Council

“Water sensitive urban design for stormwater: Treatment Device Design Guideline” by Wellington Water Limited

Hazardous substances

Hazardous Substances by EPA

Erosion and sediment control

"Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for the Wellington Region" by GWRC

Plantation forestry

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) guidance by MPI

Biofouling cleaning guidelines

"Anti-fouling and in-water cleaning guidelines" by DAFF

Wastewater discharges from vessels

"Sewage systems for recreational boats" by MfE


Culvert and bridge construction: Guidelines for farmers by MfE


Guidelines for the Safe Application of Biosolids to Land in New Zealand, New Zealand Water & Wastes Association (NZWWA), August 2003

Agricultural industry activities

Industry-agreed Good Management Practices relating to water quality, Version 2 18 September 2015

Break-feeding/winter grazing

Forage Crop Grazing by Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Break Fed Wintering by DairyNZ


Code of Practice for the Placement of Fertiliser in New Zealand August 2020, New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council