Essential Freshwater reforms
New Government Essential Freshwater regulations came into force on September 3, 2020. These include rules and obligations around activities on land that may affect water.
In particular, the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F) will widen the range of activities requiring resource consents and tighten restrictions for many activities covered by existing rules.
The new requirements are far-reaching and should not be ignored. If your farm or business is undertaking or planning operational changes or developments involving any aspect of fresh water or waterways, you should check if they apply. Even if you haven’t needed a resource consent for such work in the past, it’s important you talk to Council staff.
This section will be updated over the coming months with guidance, links and FAQs that outline the practical requirements and implications for Taranaki farmers.
Intensive winter grazing: March 2021 update
The Government has deferred the introduction of IWG practice regulations for a year until May 2022. The Government will work with the farming sector during this period to improve on-the-ground IWG practices for the benefit of freshwater quality and animal welfare. Rules preventing the expansion of IWG still apply. Contact Taranaki Regional Council for more information.
Please note the TRC Requirements for Good Farm Management in Taranaki booklet, published in March 2017, is being updated to take account of the new freshwater regulations. It therefore should not be relied upon. Instead, please contact the Council directly if you have any questions.
Protecting wetlands for their water quality and biodiversity values is a priority for the Council.
Groundwater in Taranaki is generally stable, of relatively good quality and subject to low and manageable levels of demand from users.