Essential freshwater consultation

With a number of environmental issues currently being consulted on by the government, B+LNZ is running an Environmental Issues Farmer Roadshow to help farmers understand what's going on, get feedback from farmers on their thoughts on the policies being proposed, and to provide advice for farmers wanting to make a submission.

Find our easy to use email ready submission template here

Download 'Essential Freshwater — What you need to know' one pager

Download 'Action for Healthy Waterways discussion document'

Ministry for the Environment's freshwater consultation

The Ministry for the Environment's submission period closed at 5pm, 31 October 2019. 

We strongly encourage farmers to attend a Ministry for the Environment consultation meeting and to make a submission.

Here are links to the Ministry for the Environment's main consultation documents:

Key proposals

Making a submission

You can submit your feedback during the consultation period using one of the following options:

  1. Use the Ministry for the Environment's online submission tool.
  2. Answer the questions in the consultation document and email these to

Submission template

B+LNZ has developed a submission template for farmers wanting to have their say on the government’s freshwater proposals.

The submission template summarises the key issues facing sheep and beef farmers, and has suggested text that you can copy and paste, or rewrite as you see fit, to use in your own submission.

Download Essential Freshwater Farm Submission template  (WORD, 181KB)

Download blank Essential Freshwater Farm Submission template (WORD, 168KB)

Submissions closed 5pm, 31 October 2019. 

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