On-farm essential freshwater

Regulations affecting freshwater are in a state of change which will continue.
We've broken down exactly what the essential freshwater rules mean for your farm.

Essential Freshwater - Government consultation

The Government is not currently consulting and seeking feedback.

We are reviewing consultation discussion documents and the Taranaki Regional Council makes submissions based on the interests of the region.

We're here to help

If you would like more information about the new rules and how they might affect you please call 0800 736 222. If you have questions about whether you need resource consent, you can also email info@trc.govt.nz.

Have your say on freshwater

We’re developing a new Natural Resources Plan. This Plan will include rules and limits on how freshwater in Taranaki is managed and used.

Intensive winter grazing

Good management practice is important when undertaking intensive winter grazing (IWG). You need to ensure there are no adverse environmental effects.

Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser cap

Three new tools are available for dairy farmers to report the amount of synthetic nitrogen fertilser they are using on pastoral land of 20ha or more.

Intensification and land-use change

Intensification includes conversions of plantation forestry to pastoral land use and any land to dairy farmland.

Stock exclusion

The stock exclusion regulations prohibit the access of cattle, pigs and deer to wetlands, lakes and rivers wider than one metre anywhere on the property.

Feedpads, feedlots and stock holding areas

Feedlots and other stockholding areas will need to meet a series of minimum standards concerning permeability, effluent management, and proximity to water bodies including drains.

Structures in rivers and lakes

If you want to build a new structure, such as a culvert, weir, dam, ford, or flap gate it is important to consider the new rules and whether you will need to apply for resource con...


New regulations to protect wetlands were introduced in the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F) as part of the Government’s Essential Freshwater reforms.