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.
November 2022, PNZ and Vegetables NZ made a combined submission on the government proposals regarding He Waka Eke Noa and a grower emissions levy. You can read our submission below which includes the 15 consultation questions.
We have also prepared a comparison between our combined submission and the Horticulture NZ submission. (Horticulture NZ are industry partners in He Waka Eke Noa).
November 2021 ECAN LWRP report and changes affecting CVG can be read about in the latest files below. In essence the importance of commercial vegetable growing is recognised and the plan provides a workable consent pathway.
November 2021 The Environment Committee has released its report on the Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill: Parliamentary Paper. You can read the report here: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/business-before-committees/document/INQ_111944/inquiry-on-the-natural-and-built-environments-bill-parliamentary
PNZ 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.
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