Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Farm environment plan template for Te Waihora catchment

August 25, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Farm environment plan template for Te Waihora catchment approved

Environment Canterbury today announced its approval of the second farm environment plan template under the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan.

The template is an adaptation of the Irrigation New Zealand template (see http://irrigationnz.co.nz/news-resources/irrigation-resources/farm-plans-asm/) and was developed for use in the Whakaora Te Waihora programme area. Whakaora Te Waihora is a joint cultural and ecological restoration programme led by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury (www.tewaihora.org).

Acknowledging the quality of the template, Environment Canterbury Chief Executive Bill Bayfield said it met all the requirements of Schedule 7 of the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan.

“Effective farm environment planning and delivery is going to be crucial for Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere,” Mr Bayfield said. “I hope the plans that come from this template will be valuable both for farmers and for the future health of the iconic lake and its catchment.”

“The Land & Water Regional Plan is a primary delivery mechanism of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. It is therefore reassuring to see in this template a methodology that will enable development of plans identifying actual and potential environmental effects and risks to properties, addresses those effects and risks, and has a high likelihood of appropriately avoiding, remedying or mitigating them.”

Variation 1 of the Plan, which will amend the Selwyn-Waihora section specifically to address the serious water quality issues in the catchment, is currently before hearing commissioners. “Farmers have a central role to play in addressing these issues,” Mr Bayfield said. “They will need to operate beyond good management practice to do this and farm environment plans are an important starting point.

“We encourage all farmers to prepare farm environment plans. They will help identify environmental and business risks and planning for their management. International markets are increasingly demanding proven sustainability, and farm environment plans are one way to demonstrate this.”

Under Schedule 7 of the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan, landowners can use an approved industry-prepared template and guidance material or they can use their own template, provided they follow Schedule 7.

“Our preference is that farmers use an industry-prepared template,” Mr Bayfield said. “By doing this they will have good guidance in developing the actions they identify to manage their environmental risks effectively.”

Minimum content is specified in Schedule 7, and all farm environment plans must include an assessment of the adverse environmental effects and risks associated with the farming activities and how those effects and risks will be managed, including irrigation, application of nutrients, effluent application, stock exclusion from waterways, offal pits and farm rubbish pits. Farm environment plans must be audited.

The first farm environment plan template approved was part of Synlait Milk’s Lead With Pride programme - see www.synlait.com.

A copy of the Whakaora Te Waihora template can be obtained by contacting an Environment Canterbury Land Management Advisor through Environment Canterbury Customer Services, 0800 324 636.

For information on the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan and Variation 1, go to www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrp.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news