Response from Beef + Lamb New Zealand to First RMA Amendment Bill to make urgent changes to resource management system

// Farm Planning

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) acknowledges the announcement by Government regarding the RMA Amendment Bill to make urgent changes to the resource management system, particularly in relation to stock exclusion, winter grazing and SNAs.

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This is something B+LNZ has long been asking for as the current rules have been problematic and impractical in their one-size fits all approach.  

“This announcement will be a relief for many farmers who were faced with an unnecessary regulatory burden and significant on-farm compliance costs. As always, details matter and we are eager to see the details that follow this announcement,” says Kate Acland, Chair of B+LNZ.  

“Farmers need clarity and certainty to make on-farm investments and changes to their farming systems safe in the knowledge that regulations will be science based, practical and enduring.” 

“Farmers have made significant environmental improvements in the last few years by excluding stock from waterways and better managing the risks of winter grazing.  

“They’ve proven that this can be done by applying practical common sense on-farm management without the need for heavy handed, one-size fits all impractical regulations. The government’s promise of a more practical and enabling framework will support continued improvement in these areas.” 

B+LNZ will continue working with sector partners to ensure these changes work and are enduring for farmers and the environment. 


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