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The catchment-wide approach to nutrient management needs to be fair for all farmers. Improved nutrient management in the Hurunui Waiau Zone is crucial if we are going to provide for more development and better environmental and cultural outcomes, as envisaged by the zone committee.
The Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan (HWRRP) aims to improve water quality by setting catchment-wide limits for key nutrients – nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).
The Hurunui-Waiau Zone Committee in late May endorsed an option to address the unintended implications of the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan on dryland farmers. Read more...
The Working Group met ten times between October 2014 and March 2015. It was unable to reach consensus on how to address the unintended consequences for dryland farmers of the "10%-rule" in the Hurunui Waiau Rivers Regional Plan.
The Zone Committee at its 18 May 2015 meeting endorsed the Environment Canterbury Advice note "Dryland farming and triggering the land-use rules in the HRRRP", which means normal dryland farming will not be considered a land-use change. The Committee also supported a Hurunui Catchment Agreement that would transfer nitrogen headroom created by AIC to a Hurunui dryland collective. It was believed, however, that the time was not yet right to implement this. The committee wishes a Catchment Agreement to be further considered as progress is made with AIC's land-use consent and with dryland farmers developing collectives.
For the Nutrient Working Group Terms of Reference, meeting minutes, estimates of N-losses, options and current discussions, maps and graphs click here
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