As part of the review process for the Proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region, which aims to ensure the region’s natural resources are sustainably managed, Greater Wellington Regional Council is reviewing the Regional Freshwater Plan.
As part of this process, the region is split into five distinct catchment areas called Whaitua.
Each Whaitua has a community-led committee to examine water quality and allocation issues, and ultimately establish a vision for their catchment and plan to achieve this.
Each Whaitua has a community-led committee to examine water quality and allocation issues, and ultimately establish a vision for their catchment and plan to achieve this. Their plan may include policies, rules and projects for the management of water.
Fonterra supports Wellington Greater Regional Council by supporting our farmers to farm within the water quality limits set by the Whaitua for these catchments.
Wellington Fonterra farmers’ progress towards some of the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord targets.
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.”
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.”
of farms have collected nutrient management data
Catchment call out
The Ruamāhanga Whaitua Committee was the first of the five catchment committees to be established.
Fonterra has supported this committee in its preparation of the Whaitua Implementation Programme for the Regional Council which outlines opportunities for integrated management of land and water resources within the catchment.