Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity consultation

Protecting New Zealand’s iconic flora and fauna is integral to the future of farming and the Government is consulting on how it can protect New Zealand's native biodiversity.

*Please note the submission period closed on 14 March 2020.

Online submission form and templates for farmers to make a submission

The following includes an online submission form and three different kinds of templates that farmers can use.

In whichever format you chose to use, we encourage you to tailor the submission to tell your story about what you have done to protect your biodiversity; what the proposed policies would mean on your farm, and specific solutions. Tailored submissions have more impact.

Click here to submit directly to MfE using B+LNZ's online submission form

Click here for an email you can send directly to MfE (* Only works in Outlook)

Click here for a draft submission that you can tailor (WORD, 185KB)

Click here for a blank submission template (WORD, 169KB)

Indigenous Biodiversity workshops

Throughout February B+LNZ ran a series of workshops (in collaboration with Federated Farmers) to help farmers understand the implications from the NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity and to provide advice on writing a submission. You can find the schedule of meetings available below:

Schedule of Draft NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity Farmer Workshop Meetings (PDF, 300KB)

Background key resources

Factsheet: Federated Farmers/B+LNZ Factsheet on the draft NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity (PDF, 399KB)

Ministry for the Environment's draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity consultation website

Video Presentation: What you need to know

Have your say

The Government is currently consulting on a new draft National Policy Statement (NPS) for Indigenous Biodiversity with consultation closing on 14 March 2020. National Policy Statements are a tool the Government uses to set regulatory requirements across the country. The NPS for biodiversity is of particular relevance to sheep and beef farmers given the significant stands of native vegetation on our farms – some 2.8 million hectares according to research by the University of Canterbury.

There is a lot in the NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity that we agree with, including its intent, but there are some areas of concern that require changes if farming is to coexist with biodiversity. B+LNZ is working with officials to clarify the intent of the policy.

Key points

  • Local Councils will be required to map all significant natural areas (SNAs) within five years against a new standard criteria, whereas previously there was more flexibility for how this was defined by each community.
  • Given the proposed criteria, it’s possible that these SNAs could cover most, or all of, entire sheep and beef farms in some areas.
  • A range of measures in the statement could then severely restrict activities farmers could undertake within or adjacent to those SNAs.
  • This would then have the effect of creating a grandparenting approach, where farmers who have protected indigenous biodiversity, or encouraged regeneration of it, wear the greatest costs and potential limitations to the ongoing use of their land.

Factsheet on the draft NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity

Federated Farmers and B+LNZ have also produced a joint factsheet about the NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity which summarises the key changes and their likely impacts for farmers.

Next steps

We will be providing farmers with additional information, including submission templates, in the following weeks, as given the likely impacts of the current draft NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity it is vital that farmers make submissions to highlight issues with what’s proposed so that we can help the Government to find a practical and workable solution that meets all our objectives.

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