Plan will im­pact land man­age­ment

North Waikato News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PETER BUCK­LEY

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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Peter Buck­ley

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