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Essential Freshwater Consultation

This page contains key information about the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation on its essential freshwater reforms.

Update September 2021

The Government is now consulting on four elements of the essential freshwater work programme – changes to the low-slope map for stock exclusion, freshwater farm plans, changes to the intensive winter grazing rules and wetlands. See here for more information including our factsheets and submissions.

Essential freshwater rules released: Update August 2020

On 5 August 2020 the Government released the freshwater policy, standards and stock exclusion regulations relating to this consultation.

You can find the new rules here:

B+LNZ will continue to provide updates on what’s happening, next steps, and how we’ll be helping farmers over the coming weeks and months with information and support.

Government announces amended Essential Freshwater Policy: Update May 2020

The Government has announced its revised proposals on Essential Freshwater. The Government has released a high-level summary of the proposed policies and will not be releasing the actual standards and National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management until mid-year.

The following is a link to a paper by B+LNZ summarising the key elements of the proposed new policies and what they mean for sheep and beef farmers

BakerAg research on the Government’s essential freshwater proposals

Beef + Lamb New Zealand commissioned rural consultancy BakerAg firm to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the Government’s proposed freshwater policies and the economic impacts.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Submission on the Government's essential freshwater proposals

Here are links to B+LNZ’s submission and the appendices on the essential freshwater proposals: 

Ministry for the Environment's freshwater consultation

The Ministry for the Environment's 'Action for healthy waterways: A discussion document on national direction for our essential freshwater' sets out proposals to stop the degradation of waterways and restore them to a healthy state.

The period for submissions closed on 31 October 2019.

Key proposals

Submission templates and factsheets

B+LNZ developed a range of documents for farmers during the submission process for farmers wanting to have their say on the government’s freshwater proposals. 

We prepared factsheets and template submissions. The following are links to those documents:

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