Here are further documents and websites that will help you to put together your freshwater farm plan. 

Plans and policies 

Below are links to key plans and policies relevant to the management of fresh water in Otago: 

The Regional Plan: Water for Otago is the primary document that manages water within the region’s boundaries. 

 The New Regional and National Water Rules are Actions for Healthy Waterways regulations, which are designed to restore and protect the health of New Zealand waterways. 

 The proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement sets out the course of actions to achieve freshwater health in Otago. Objectives, policies and rules in regional plans give effect to this direction.  

 The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 is the policy document fresh water in New Zealand is managed under. Regional policy statements give effect to this direction.  

 The National Environmental Standards for Freshwater  are like rules, and they regulate activities that pose risks to the health of fresh water and freshwater ecosystems. Standards for farming activities apply.  There are also standards for other activities that relate to fresh water (e.g., with respect to natural inland wetlands and to deal with the effects of structures, such as culverts and fords on the passage of fish).   

Fact sheets and further information 

Fertiliser Association Code of Practice for Fertiliser Nutrient Management 

Land, Water, Air Aotearoa (LAWA) - summarises state and trends for key national water quality monitoring sites for freshwater indicators. 

The Menu - developed by Waikato stakeholders. Practices for dry stock, hill country sheep and beef, for nutrient management and water quality. 

Landscape DNA - maps showing how physiographics relate to contaminant loss and movement and suggested actions. 

Our Environment LUC Map Tool - find the Land Use Capability (LUC) classes and sub classes of your farmland.​

Our Land & Water actions to include in a farm environment plan

Our Land & Water designing effective farm environment plans

Industry agreed good management practices in Canterbury 

Good management practices poster - produced by the Pathway for the Pomahaka Catchment Project 

Ministry for the Environment freshwater farm plan guidance docs - for farmers, overview and key steps, catchment context, tangata whenua. 

Te Uru Kahika freshwater farm plan guidance doc - freshwater farm plan system and cross-regional boundaries. 

B+LNZ Farm Plan Environment Module has some mitigations 

ORC regional guidance docs: What is a River? Critical Source Areas 

Reference documents 

Beef and Lamb New Zealand. Adapting to a changing climate fact sheet 

DairyNZ. Adverse weather (2023) 

Department of Conservation. Fish Passage Management 

Dunedin City Council. Planning Map (appeals version) 

Kāi Tahu Ki Otago Natural Resource Management Plan 2005 

Kāi Tahu Ki Otago. Waitaki Iwi Management Plan 2019 

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Can I swim here? 

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Lake Quality 

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Nitrogen fact sheet 

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Phosphorus fact sheet 

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). River Quality  

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA). Sediment 

Lynn IH et al. (2009). The Land Use Capability (LUC) Survey Handbook, 3rd edition 

Ministry for the Environment. Developing a freshwater farm plan 

Ministry for the Environment. Hazardous Activity Industries List activity  

Ministry for the Environment. National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 – Amended February 2023  

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Principles from te ao Māori the Māori worldview | He aronga Māori ki ngā mātāpono 

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Climate Change Adaptation Toolbox  

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database 

New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office. Resource Management (Freshwater Farm Plans) Regulations 2023 

New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office. Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2017 

NZ Topo Map 

Otago Regional Council. Climate Change 

Otago Regional Council. Consents in Otago 

Otago Regional Council. Good practice information 

Otago Regional Council. New Regional and National Water Rules 

Otago Regional Council. North Otago FMU 

Otago Regional Council. North Otago FMU Water Quality State and Trends 2021 

Otago Regional Council. Otago Native Planting Guide 

Otago Regional Council. Otago Natural Hazards Portal 

Otago Regional Council. Otago Region – Regional Plan Maps 

Otago Regional Council. Otago Regional Council – Listed Land Use Register: Mapping Resource 

Otago Regional Council. Proposed Regional Policy Statement 

Otago Regional Council. Regional Plan: Water 

Potiki, T. (2019). Mana whenua values framework. Unpublished manuscript. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Kā Huru Manu 

Waitaki District Council. Waitaki District Plan Mapping

Page last updated 22 June 2024.