Bay of plenty
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s ‘Regional Water and Land Plan’ and the Rotorua Lakes Action Plans promote the sustainable and integrated management of land and water resources within the region.
Strict nutrient controls are in place for dairy farmers in the Rotorua lakes catchments.
Farmers, the Regional Council and others are working hard to find and implement innovative solutions to meeting these limits and safe-guarding the health of these precious lakes that have particular significance to local iwi and the tourism industry.
High levels of both nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, including Lake Rotorua and other Rotorua Te Arawa lakes, is a challenge for the Bay of Plenty region.
Bay of Plenty 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 #1
Fonterra farmers have prepared and implemented a Nutrient Management Plan for each farm to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus inputs into Lake Rerewhakaaitu and help improve water quality.
Catchment call out #2
After many years of making improvements on their farms, 12 dairy farmers started the Nukuhou North and Waiotahi River Streams Group in 2015. It aims to improve the sustainability of their farming operations.
The Council supports this work by co-funding riparian fencing, planting and wetland restoration, and creation. It also monitors water quality improvements. In 2015, Nukuhou River won an award for the most improved river and since then has shown meaningful improvement in total nitrogen and E.coli levels and clarity.