A major focus of the Council is to ensure the health of Taranaki's rivers and streams, and to monitor them regularly.

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. 

FAQs: Feedlots and other stockholding areas [PDF, 753 KB](external link)

FAQs: Structures in rivers and lakes and reclamation of rivers [PDF, 1.3 MB](external link)

FAQs: Application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser  [PDF, 539 KB](external link)

FAQs: Wetlands [PDF, 582 KB](external link)

FAQs: Stock Exclusion Regulations [PDF, 578 KB](external link)

New freshwater regulations: What they mean for you [PDF, 644 KB](external link) [PDF, 644 KB]

Freshwater reform: Taranaki update 2020 [PDF, 555 KB](external link)

Intensive winter grazing: update

The Government has deferred the introduction of IWG practice regulations until November 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.

Freshwater quality

Clean, healthy water is the region’s most precious resource, and the Council’s programmes and rules aim to help the community maintain and improve water quality.

Riparian management

Under the Council’s award-winning Riparian Management Programme, thousands of kilometres of streambanks and wetlands are being fenced and planted to protect and enhance the region’...


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.


Groundwater in Taranaki is generally stable, of relatively good quality and subject to low and manageable levels of demand from users.

Freshwater biosecurity

Clean all gear when moving between waterways.