Managing stock around our rivers and streams limits contaminants from dung and urine entering the water.

Managing stock around our waterways also limits habitat loss from damage to stream banks, river beds and protects habitat from being smothered by sediment.

All stock need to be controlled around waterways

  • There must not be any feeding out of stock in the beds of waterways
  • Stock must not cause slumping of banks, pugging or erosion
  • Stock must not be a change in the color or clarity of the waterway
  • Stock must not damage fauna or New Zealand native flora in any Regionally Significant Wetlands

Time frames for stock exclusion

 

Certain stock requiring to be excluded from wide rivers and the distance of the exclusion zone

Slope

Application Date

Dairy cattle and Pigs require a 3m exclusion from the banks of wide rivers

All Slopes

1 July 2023

All cattle and deer that are being intensively grazed* require a 3m exclusion from the banks of wide rivers

All Slopes

1 July 2023

Dairy support requires a 3m exclusion from the banks of wide rivers

All Slopes

1 July 2025

All cattle, deer and pigs required to be excluded from natural wetlands

All Slopes

1 July 2025

Dairy support requires a 3m exclusion from the banks of wide rivers

All Slopes

1 July 2025

 

If the intensive grazing is between 1 May and 30 September each year the Intensive Winter Grazing rules may be triggered. Intensive Winter Grazing requires a 5m exclusion zone and may require resource consent. Please refer to the Intensive Winter Grazing rules for more information.

 

Definitions

(Please refer the Stock Exclusion Regulations for full definitions.) 

Low slope land means land identified as low slope land

Wide River means a river (as defined in the Act) with a bed that is wider than 1 metre anywhere in a land parcel

Intensive Grazing means break feeding or grazing on annual forage crops or grazing on pasture that has been irrigated with water in the previous 12 months

Dairy cattle means cattle that are farmed for producing milk and includes any bull on the farm whose purpose is mating with those cattle and unweaned calves of those cattle but does not include dairy support cattle

Dairy support cattle means cattle that are farmed for producing milk but are not being milked (for example, because they are heifers or have been dried off) and are grazed on land that is not grazed by dairy cattle

Natural wetland means a wetland that is not, in the coastal marine area, deliberately constructed, geothermal. Natural wetland also excludes areas of pasture used for grazing and has more than 50% exotic pasture species and is not the habitat of threatened species.

Exceptions to the rule

Requirements for stock crossing over waterways: All pigs and cattle must cross a wide river using a dedicated bridge or culvert, unless they are supervised and actively driven across. Stock may only be driven across rivers no more than 2 times a month. If you are considering installing new crossings, please contact Council at consent.enquiries@orc.govt.nz, or calling 0800 474 082 for more information.

Existing fencing: Permanent fences may stay in place (and don’t have to be moved 3m from the banks of wide rivers) if they were installed prior to 3 September 2020. Any upgrades to the fencing will require to meet the exclusion distance of 3m.

Permanent fencing is defined as either a post and batten fence or an electric fence, with driven or dug fence posts, and at least 2 electrified wires. Stock may also be excluded by terrain or hedges.

Frequently asked questions

Page last updated 5 July 2024.