Nelson, Tasman & Marlborough


Understand what’s happening around Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough to improve water quality.

Marlborough District Council is engaged in the process of setting limits for both the quality and quantity of its local waterways. This process is driven by feedback from the community about how they will meet national water quality standards. Although this has been a relatively slow process compared to other regions, the Council is building a strong foundation for setting limits.

Guided by a community of environmentally orientated people, Tasman District Council is also working towards setting water quality limits for their region.

Two Freshwater Land Advisory Groups have been established and are collaborating with scientists and policy officials to improve the water quality in catchments in their region.

Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough Fonterra farmers’ progress towards some of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord targets.

  • 99

  • %

  • of significant waterways are fenced and have dairy excluded

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “any permanently flowing rivers, streams, drains and springs, more than a metre wide and 30cm deep.”

  • 100

  • %

  • of regular stock crossing points have bridges or culverts

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord defines regular crossing points as “those used more than once a month to access the milking shed.”

  • 80

  • %

  • of farms have collected nutrient management data



Nelson, Tasman & Marlborough

Catchment call out #1

Fonterra supports the work of the Waimea Plains and Takaka Freshwater and Land Advisory Groups which were set up by the Tasman District Council.

These groups were established to develop freshwater quality management provisions for water resources including the Waimea Plains, Takaka River and the iconic Te Waikoropupu Springs.

Catchment call out #2

Fonterra has supported the Sherry River Catchment Group to build three major bridges for farm vehicles and stock crossings. This has seen a 50 percent improvement in water quality which was observed in the ‘Cows out of Creeks’ report by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

The catchment group led further improvements through riparian planting, stock management, improved effluent management and soil conservation activities.



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