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The Opihi River flows through south Canterbury, in New Zealand’s South Island.


As of October 2019, Farm Environment Plans are an essential tool to meet incoming, stricter regulations. This has come about as the government has launched new National Policy Statements and as a result Regional Councils will be directed to meet proposals with management standards.

NZGAP – has been approved as an interim measure by Ministry of Environment and provides various resources including an FEP template. View these on their website here.

Potatoes New Zealand’s efforts: PNZ-79 Emissions Project, has work-streams to develop tools to measure, manage and reduce emissions, including nitrates. Keep up-to-date with the project by following us on Twitter and Facebook and read more about the project to maintain Potato Growers Social and Regulatory license here.


PNZ has made submissions on ECAN’s Plan Change 7, Horizons Plan Change 2, National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land and NPS NES on Freshwater.


Here are Regional Council FEP guidelines we have collected.

Canterbury Regional Council FEP

Horowhenua/Manawatu  Horizons intensive land-use information

Horowhenua/Manawatu Nutrient Management Plan Template

Waikato Region FEP Guide