The Ministry for the Environment recently released new water policy information for consultation. NZKGI has reviewed this information to assess impacts for kiwifruit growers and intends to make a submission with our views. Submissions close 31 October.
For a more detailed analysis of this information please click here.
The freshwater module will identify risks to the health of freshwater from land where you are growing (or plan to) and identify what you will do to reduce any current contamination and improve water health going forward.
− All growers will need a freshwater module of a farm plan by 2025, except those with orchards 5ha and under and orchards in at risk catchments (orchards in at risk catchments will require a freshwater module two years within start date of the policy becoming operative). We are considering a one for all approach with the freshwater module which would mean all orchards would require a freshwater module of a farm plan – regardless of size.
Reporting on water use of 5 litres per second or more has been a regulatory requirement since 2016 however the type of reporting model used has been adhoc and Councils are struggling, at times, to understand data. This requirement will mean that growers whose water take is 5 litres per second, or more will be required to use a telemetry system
A resource consent will be required when the area of land used for irrigation production increases by 10 ha or more from the start date of the policy becoming operative
This rule only applies to growers with wetlands. The proposed rule looks at setbacks that limits vegetation destruction, earth disturbance and water take activities from happening
This will only apply to orchards in at risk catchments. Proposed rules are to manage excessive nitrogen leaching by a national nitrogen fertiliser cap or through the freshwater module of a farm plan.
Catchment name Region
Taharua River Hawke’s Bay (7 orchards)
Waipao Stream Northland (38 orchards)
Mataura River Southland
Oreti River Southland
Waimatuku Stream Southland
Aparima River Southland
Waihopai River Southland
Waingongoro River Taranaki
Motupipi River Tasman Region (1 orchard)
Piako River Waikato Region (5 orchards)
Waihou River Waikato Region (42 orchards)
Parkvale Stream Wellington
Upper Rangitaiki and Bay of Plenty (upstream of their confluence only)