Government’s Fresh Water Reforms – a Mixed Bag

It’s a mixed bag. Most welcome is that here will be a cap on the input of nitrogen fertiliser to farms although the limit set is weak.  Farmers will have to fence off waterways and adopt targeted farm environment plans.  There will be a streamlined planning process and specialist freshwater panels that include Regional Council and tangata whenua appointees.Read More »

$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?

A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today.  The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered.  A rigorous review of the project is required.

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