Regional Fresh Water Plan

IMPORTANT: New freshwater regulations September 2020

New Government freshwater regulations came into force on September 3, 2020. These include rules and obligations around activities on land that may affect water.

The regulations widen the range of activities requiring resource consents and tighten restrictions for many activities covered by existing rules.

The new requirements are far-reaching and should not be ignored. If your farm or business is undertaking or planning operational changes or developments involving any aspect of fresh water or waterways, you should check if they apply. Even if you haven’t needed a resource consent for such work in the past, it’s important you talk to Council staff.

As a first step, download our summary of the changes that are particularly relevant to Taranaki. Over the coming weeks, we will add more detailed FAQs that outline the practical requirements and implications for Taranaki farmers. 

New freshwater regulations: What they mean for you [PDF, 644 KB]

FAQs: Intensive Winter Grazing [PDF, 388 KB]

FAQs: Stock Exclusion Regulations [PDF, 577 KB]

FAQs: Wetlands [PDF, 582 KB]

FAQs: Application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser [PDF, 539 KB]

FAQs: Structures in rivers and lakes and reclamation of rivers [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Please note the TRC Requirements for Good Farm Management in Taranaki booklet (March 2017) and Council guidance sheets are currently being updated to take account of the new freshwater regulations. They therefore should not be relied upon. Instead, please contact the Council directly if you have any questions.

The Regional Fresh Water Plan promotes sustainable management of the region's freshwater resources by applying rules and conditions to various activities. The Plan is currently under review.

Progressive Implementation Programme for the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management

This document sets out the Taranaki Regional Council’s staged implementation programme of key projects for implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014. It supersedes the Council’s previous implementation programme publicly notified in 2015.

Progressive Implmentation Programme for the NPS-FW (1.8 MB pdf) (single document only)