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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: Sustainable Vegetable Systems Project (previously 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.

Plan Changes & National Policies 2019-2021

PNZ has made submissions on Waikato’s Plan Change 1, ECAN’s Plan Change 7, Horizons Plan Change 2, National Policy Statement on Highly Productive Land and NPS NES on Freshwater.

PNZ events related to Plan Changes and submissions can be found on our events page here.

Horizons

Horizons Plan Change 2 proposals, submissions & timelines, can be found on their page here. Expert Evidence for PC2 can be found here.

Name Downloads
Name Downloads
28 downloads
43 downloads
PC2 Hearings timeline 2020 PDF
96 downloads
130 downloads
180 downloads
130 downloads
142 downloads
147 downloads
Horizons Plan Change 2 Further Submission PNZ Final Horizons Regional Council
187 downloads
Submission letter to Horizons Regional Council pdf format
229 downloads
Submission letter to Horizons Regional Council MSWord format
231 downloads

ECAN

ECAN Plan Change 7 council documents, can be found on their page here. Submitter’s evidence can be found here just scroll down to Hearings/Evidence/Evidence in Chief.

Name Downloads
Name Downloads
67 downloads
124 downloads
ECAN PC7 Hearings Guide 2020
138 downloads
117 downloads
135 downloads
884 downloads
Hort NZ ECAN PC7 submission
166 downloads
One page summary of ECAN proposal
116 downloads
One page summary of ECAN proposal
111 downloads
133 downloads
152 downloads
FINAL Potatoes NZ Canterbury PC 7 Final 13 Sept 2019
174 downloads
Environment Canterbury Plan Change 7 Further Submission Potatoes NZ Final
164 downloads
243 downloads
228 downloads
222 downloads
Summary of PC7 Commercial Vegetable Growing Rules
220 downloads

Waikato

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FEP NZGAP EMS info for Waikato
151 downloads
127 downloads
138 downloads
Hort NZ Summary on PC1 Schedule April 2020
255 downloads
Hort NZ Update on PC1 April 2020
174 downloads

Resources

Here are Regional Council FEP guidelines we have collected.

Canterbury Regional Council FEP https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/farmers-hub/fep/

Horowhenua/Manawatu Nutrient Management Plan Template

Waikato Region FEP Guide

Central Government Policy Statements & Standards

Name Downloads
Name Downloads
Summary of MFE's decisions on amendments to NPS FW 2020
87 downloads
Govt Healthy Waterways Package May 29th 2020 - info for growers
167 downloads
177 downloads
PNZ NPS and NES Freshwater submission 31 October
328 downloads