Plan will impact land management
Since the shortest day the weather seems to be warmer, windier and wetter.
This has put pressure on the resources that we all use to make a living off the land and others who need a good day to do the washing and get it dry.
Dairy farmers are in the middle of calving, lambing is starting, the cropping farmers will be wanting to get their fields ready for planting and they are all trying very hard not to damage the soil with the weather that we are having.
Like all the community within the Waikato region who are dealing with the adverse conditions that the weather brings at this time of the year, there are always other issues to deal with.
Many of these issues can affect the way we will be doing business in the future.
One of these is the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora plan change that will have affect on the way we have to manage our land to meet the Vision and Strategy from the Waikato River Authority and the National Policy Statement (NPS) on Fresh Water.
This plan change will have effect over the whole of the Waikato Waipa catchments.
In the Vision and Strategy and National Policy Statement it tells the Waikato Regional Council it has to develop a plan to reduce the nitrogen, phosphate, sediment and E Coli in the Waikato and Waipa catchments.
There is a Collaborative Stakeholders Group (CSG) made up of community, non government organisations and industry representatives.
Over the past two and half years they have gone out to the community and developed the plan with support of a technical group who answered questions that the Collaborative Stakeholders Group had.
Overlooking the process there is a committee set up the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee of the Waikato Regional Council which will receive the plan before it goes to the council.
The plan has now been sent to the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee and gone out to the local iwi who are partners in the Vision and Strategy.
It will come back to Waikato Regional councillors on Monday, September 5.
Then they will be voting on whether to implement the plan change.
If you haven’t seen or heard of this plan change, you should contact Waikato Regional Council, your industry representatives - Forestry NZ, Dairy NZ, Meat and Lamb, Horticulture NZ - for it will be the users of the land over two hectares that it will effect.
This plan change will have a huge effect on how you manage your land, so please get out and involved and have your say.
* Island Block dairy farmer Peter Buckley is a Waikato constituency councillor for Waikato Regional Council. The view expressed in this column are his own.
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