Northland Regional Plan

Northland Regional Council is currently consulting on a new draft Regional Plan. This draft Regional Plan introduces new ways to manage land and waterways which will have an impact on your farming business so it’s important to have your say. 

This page contains guidance for farmers on key issues and how to provide feedback. 


The Northland Regional Council (NRC) is required to notify a new Regional Plan under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020). 

NRC is currently consulting with the community, as it’s required to, on an initial draft. This is an opportunity to provide early feedback to help shape the plan before the Council formally notifies the proposed plan for consultation (currently intended for later this year).  

We have summarised some of the key issues for farmers below but if you want to learn more you can read the materials on the NRC website:

Note: the coalition Government has announced it will be replacing the NPS-FM 2020 and in the meantime has granted an extension for regional councils to notify their updated Regional Plans. The original deadline of 31 December 2024 has been extended to the end of 2027. B+LNZ is advocating for all regional councils, including NRC, to take this opportunity to slow down on making plan changes and allow for adequate community engagement to develop workable and practical plans.  

Key issues that will impact sheep and beef farmers

How to get involved (feedback due 31 March 2024)

It’s important you have your say to ensure NRC delivers a plan that aligns with what you, other sheep and beef farmers, and the wider community all want. 

This is a great opportunity to make sure NRC hears from the farming community as currently no changes to the draft are off limit and the Council is able to make changes without going through a formal process.

You can provide feedback through the form on NRC’s website or by talking to Council members either at a regional event or online hui.

They want to hear real examples of how the plan will impact people directly, so make sure to include examples relating to your farm’s bottom line and farm systems

NRC wants specific feedback from farmers on the following questions. These can be answered using the Council form online, or by sending an email directly to them at 

NRC's questions

B+LNZ involvement

B+LNZ will be providing a submission on the proposed rules on behalf of sheep and beef farmers. If you have any examples of how the plan change will impact you, please feel free to email Lucy Evans, Environment Policy Analyst at B+LNZ, so we can include these in our submission:

We’ll continue to advocate for the Government and councils to slow down on making plan changes through the NPS-FM and to provide certainty about processes. 

Further information