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Potatoes NZ is building a sustainable future for our growers, the land, water and markets.

NZ Potato Industry Strategic Targets 2021

1.       Double the value of fresh & processed exports by 2025.

  • Aligned with objectives of the government’s business growth agenda.
  • Implies volume and value growth.


2.       Enhance the value of the domestic market by 50% by 2025.

  • Implies value growth on stable volumes above


3.       Zero net nutrient and GHG emissions by 2035.

  • Aligned with the objectives of the government’s emission
  • To be achieved in order of priority via reduction, mitigation, and offsetting.


Target 3: Zero Net Nutrient & GHG Industry Emissions by 2035.

The industry has adopted environmental targets that align with domestic and international targets. This ensures that the industry maintains its social and regulatory license. The tactics will include a mix of reduction, mitigation and off setting. The order of priority of these tactics will be reduction, mitigation and only as a last resort where all other tactics have failed then off setting.

Potatoes New Zealand is currently managing a collaborative, 6 year project called Sustainable Vegetable Systems (SVS) which aims to provide the best tools for growers to maintain both regulatory and social license to grow.


The NZ Potato Industry’s sustainability will be maintained with the outcomes from SVS, as well as a further project to be started in 2021 investigating Regenerative Horticulture.

Furthermore Horticulture New Zealand, who receive levies from our growers, are partnering in He Waka Eke Noa which aims to achieve similar future-proofing for sector groups

Government Activities & Policy’s on Environment which will affect our industry


The Climate Change Commission’s draft advice is here.

What the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act does. The steps to get the new provisions up and running.


The Ministry for Environment’s Primary Sector Partnership He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) aims to collaborate on a framework and deliverables like GHG farm planning guidance. HWEN partners and industry bodies (Horticulture NZ), are identifying how to wrap the information into existing farm plans, to make things as integrated as possible for our busy farmers. See files below for HWEN flyer.

HWEN goals

  • 25% of farms knowing their emissions by the end of this 2021
  • 100% of farms knowing their emissions by the end of 2022
  • 25% of farms having GHG in their farm plans by 2022
  • 100% of farms having GHG in their farm plans by 2025.

MfE changes to managing nitrates and phosphorus can be read about in the folder of files at the bottom of this page.


The Ministry for Environment Freshwater changes can be read about here and why Freshwater matters here.

MfE Policy Statement on Freshwater is here. A National Policy Statement sets out objectives and policies that apply nationally.

MfE Environment Standards for Freshwater here. A National Environmental Standard is a set of ‘rules’ which apply nationally – they are like rules in a plan, and are implemented/enforced by Councils. A summary of what the NES for Freshwater means for growers can be read from the file below.

What is Te Mana o te Wai? The wholistic concept for our water. You can read about it here or see the folder of files at the bottom of this page.

Mfe has some great short videos explaining TMOTW as well.

Te Mana o Te Wai videos:


The recently passed Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 made changes to the ability to consider climate change as part of Resource Management. This aligns with the evolution of broader climate change policy, including the policy goal to transition to net zero carbon emissions by the second half of the 21st Century.

This means that from 31 December 2021:

  • the sections of the Resource Management Act which prevented Councils from being able to consider the effects of discharges of greenhouses gases on climate change will be removed and
  • councils must have regard to emissions reduction plans and national adaptation plans (prepared under the Climate Change Response Act) when making or amending their regional or district plans.

Regional (and unitary) councils have functions under the Resource Management Act of managing freshwater in the following ways:

  • the control of the use of land for the maintenance and enhancement of water quality and ecosystems in waterbodies.
  • the control of the taking, use, damming, and diversion of water, and the control of the quantity, level, and flow of water in any water body.

Councils are required to, through their regional plans, give effect to National Policy Statements. The freshwater provisions (objectives, policies and rules) in regional plans are the vehicle for giving effect to the NPSFM.

Councils must give effect to the NPSFM ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ and notify a plan or plan change by December 2024. See our Plan Changes page for PNZ advocacy for growers on Plan Changes.

Useful Resources on Climate Change & Environment from a NZ & global perspective.

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HWEN Factsheet GHG Farm Planning and Tools assessment March 2021
Freshwater Policy info for growers
2020 HWEN Farm Planning Guidance
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