Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers

Prepared for the Waikato Regional Council by Phil Journeaux, Darren McNae & James Allen; May 2019. The financial impact of the nitrogen cap was analysed across various aspects:(i) Impact on farm working expenses. As a generalisation, the rate of increase in farm working expenses across farms in New Zealand over time is greater than the rate of increase in farm [...]

Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers2019-10-10T14:19:09+13:00

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions

Stuff - Heather Chalmers - 9 January 2019 Nutrient limits imposed on dairy farmers are putting a brake on new dairy conversions in Canterbury, with 10 consented last year. This compares with more than 50 conversions in the region during some of the peak dairy boom years. Environment Canterbury said that its consent figures showed that there had been a [...]

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions2019-01-31T12:26:02+13:00

Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”

BOPRC Media Release, 26 October 2016 Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in videos providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice. The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua although the videos may appeal to a wider audience. Seven projects have been approved through the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land [...]

Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”2019-05-22T11:20:00+13:00

Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo

stuff.co.nz, 31 May 2017 It's hard for farmers to turn a profit at the best of times, let alone while reducing their nitrogen footprint. But a study by Landcare Research has found farmers can achieve both. Caroline King reports. Landcare Research has proven the age-old farming practice of growing lucerne can help farmers like Mike and Sharon Barton meet water [...]

Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics

NZ Farmer, 9 May 2016 Jamie McFadden grew up on the tough, undeveloped hill country farm his parents bought in 1966 and witnessed the 800ha property’s transformation from ‘‘tiger country’’ into a productive farm where native bush, pine trees, poplars and pasture grow side by side. ‘‘It was in two big blocks, there were three small paddocks at the front [...]

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Christina Walker: The Milkman’s Paradox (view the film)

Fulbright Exchange Scholar: Christina Walker “Educational exchange can turn nations into people.” – U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright On a warm autumn afternoon, hundreds of cows came marching towards the milking shed. It was a regular occurrence for the animals, for the workers, but not for me. After an hour of carefully placing suction pumps and dodging urine, my definition of [...]

Christina Walker: The Milkman’s Paradox (view the film)2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Balanced, sustainable future for Rotorua’s lakes

Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Friday, 5 February 2016. Achieving a balanced and sustainable economic, environmental, social and cultural future for Rotorua’s lakes is the core focus of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme – a partnership between the Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC), Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC). RLC have proposed a change to [...]

Balanced, sustainable future for Rotorua’s lakes2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Trust proposed to complement Lake Rotorua land use rules

3 February 2016, www.rdc.govt.nz Landowner interests and economic growth must be protected and supported alongside efforts to restore lake water quality, says Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick. She has shared plans for a new trust to complement land use rules being proposed to help improve water quality in Lake Rotorua. The trust would support landowners and the district’s economy, as well as [...]

Trust proposed to complement Lake Rotorua land use rules2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Land-use change for Lake Rotorua catchment

Media Release 17 December 2015, Bay of Plenty Regional Council The Resource Management Act (RMA) process for land-use change surrounding Lake Rotorua has begun with the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Rules being unanimously adopted at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Regional Direction and Delivery Committee (RDD) meeting on Monday 14 December. The proposed rules require on-land practices in [...]

Land-use change for Lake Rotorua catchment2017-11-03T15:31:39+13:00

Top law expert joins lake nitrogen fight

By Stephanie Arthur-Worsop, Rotorua Daily Post, 3 August 2015 Rotorua landowners battling draft rules for nitrogen restrictions have banded together to “show the regional council what can happen when the community flexes its muscles”. In an almost unanimous vote, the 220 landowners present at yesterday’s public meeting agreed to provide funds to bring on board one of New Zealand’s most high-profile [...]

Top law expert joins lake nitrogen fight2016-05-05T15:04:43+13:00