Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

Nutrient Management Plan


What is the purpose of a Nutrient Management Plan?

The purpose of a Nutrient Management Plan is to identify and document how the Nitrogen Discharge Allocation for a property is to be achieved by 2032 and to provide good management practices to mitigate phosphorous loss. Nitrogen Discharge Allocations will set out how much nitrogen each landowner can leach from their property.

A Nutrient Management Plan can apply to:

·        An individual property; or,

·        A Farming Enterprise (a group of land parcels in single or multiple ownership that constitute a single farming operation unit)

Who will need a Nutrient Management Plan?

Nutrient Management Plans will apply to all properties that require a resource consent under the proposed rules.

Submitting a Nutrient Management Plan with a resource consent application means that the application will be processed as a controlled activity. In other words, the application must be granted. A 20 year consent term also applies to this type of application, which provides greater certainty for consent holders.

What is in a Nutrient Management Plan?

For properties greater than 10 hectares in size, the minimum information requirements for Nutrient Management Plans include:

·        Identifying  sources of nitrogen associated with the property;

·        The Nitrogen Discharge Allocation for the property (supplied by Bay of Plenty Regional Council);

·        A nitrogen budget for the property that matches the current farm system;

·        The range of actions proposed to meet the Nitrogen Discharge Allocation. These would include specific targets and timeframe dates.

·        Current nitrogen losses from the property (supported by an Overseer file where appropriate).

·        Nitrogen Discharge Allocation (NDA) that needs to be met by 2032.

·        Actions that will be taken to achieve the NDA (supported by an Overseer file where appropriate).

·        A plan showing managed reductions with stepped targets over time.

·        Identifying Critical Source Areas (CSAs) for phosphorous and sediment loss.

·        Required actions to mitigate phosphorous loss from CSAs.

  • The current and target Olsen P values (measured amount of phosphate in soil) for the property.

For properties less than 10 hectares in size, a simplified Nutrient Management Plan can be prepared by the landowner with the assistance of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  The information requirements include:

·         Knowledge of the effective area of the property (land used for grazing and non-commercial cropping and horticulture);

·         The Nitrogen Discharge Allocation (supplied by Bay of Plenty Regional Council)

·         Current and proposed stocking rates;

·         If your current nitrogen loss exceeds your NDA, a proposed timeline with actions to reduce stocking rates must be provided to meet your NDA by 2032.

·         Good management practices for the use of stock, fertilizer and feed.

Nutrient Management Plans must be updated at least every five years.

Who prepares a Nutrient Management Plan?

Funding is available for all affected landowners with properties over 10 hectares in size to work with an approved Land Use Advisor to develop a Nutrient Management Plan. More information can be found here: link to Advice and Support page or phone 07 921 3377.

For properties less than 10 hectares in size, NMPs are produced by the land owner with the assistance of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  For further information please call 07 921 3377.