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He Waka Eke Noa

The Joint Action Plan on Primary Sector Emissions (He Waka Eke Noa) is an innovative partnership to reduce primary sector emissions.

View the official He Waka Eke Noa website

What is He Waka Eke Noa?

In late 2019, the agricultural sector and government agreed to work together to establish a regulatory framework to measure, manage and reduce on-farm agriculture greenhouse gas emissions and enable farmers to adapt to climate change.

This new and innovative Joint Action Plan on Primary Sector Emissions is called He Waka Eke Noa. 

The partnership approach gives farmers input into the process and means they’ll be better enabled to take action on climate change on-farm. By 2025 He Waka Eke Noa aims to ensure all farmers are: 

  • including climate change mitigation and adaptation in their farm business and environment plans 
  • calculating their net greenhouse gas emissions and being incentivised to take action on climate change through an appropriate pricing mechanism for emissions.

Download our factsheet: Contributing to meeting our climate change commitments through He Waka Eke Noa (PDF, 945KB). We will be updating the factsheet quarterly as the programme evolves.

Update 23 November 2021: He Waka Eke Noa emissions pricing consultation

The He Waka Eke Noa partners – including B+LNZ – have developed two emissions pricing options as alternatives to bringing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Learn more about out what’s happening and links to relevant resources.

Key information  

Find more information about the key milestones and workstreams on the He Waka Eke Noa website.

B+LNZ’s role 

B+LNZ is one of 13 partners involved in He Waka Eke Noa. B+LNZ is represented on the steering group, which was appointed by Government and the Food and Fibre Leaders Forum, by Dave Harrison, our General Manager – Policy & Advocacy:

  • analysing the risks and opportunities facing the sheep and beef sector,
  • identifying what the sector needs to know, and
  • helping people decide what action to take in response to those issues.

Learn more about the partners and steering group members on the He Waka Eke Noa website.

How B+LNZ tools relate to He Waka Eke Noa guidance

The He Waka Eke Noa programme has released farm planning guidance and B+LNZ’s new farm planning approach incorporates this guidance. Our farm plans are a user-friendly way for farmers to develop a plan for managing their emissions and meeting the sector’s climate change commitments.

The He Waka Eke Noa programme has also released a list of tools that have been assessed as meeting the requirements for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (and, for some tools, sequestration). B+LNZ is developing a free GHG calculator and this tool will be included in the next round of GHG measurement tool assessments. B+LNZ’s GHG calculator will also be incorporated in our farm planning approach.

Our advice is that you can wait until the B+LNZ calculator is available – it’ll be free and online, and is designed to be relatively straightforward – but if you’re keen to get started on ‘knowing your numbers’ there are a range of tools already available.

Find out more

Contact B+LNZ Dave Harrison with questions about He Waka Eke Noa.

We will provide farmers with more information about He Waka Eke Noa as the programme progresses.