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Proposed Lake Rotorua rules

Proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Rules

Lake Rotorua and profitable farming are important to our community. We need to ensure we have a healthy lake for the future. This means we need to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the lake. We also need to make sure new rules are reasonable.

Information has been gathered from almost 100 research and information reports, community representation groups, and consultation to develop the proposed rules. The rules have also been developed with input from Lake Rotorua Stakeholder Advisory Group to achieve the 270 tonnes nitrogen reduction needed from rural land. 

What is next?

All submitters have the opportunity to present to an independent hearing panel from 13th March 2017 at Millennium Hotel, Rotorua.

Click here for more information about the Hearing Process

What the Rules currently look like

View Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management – Proposed Plan Change 10 to Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan

The proposed rules set out how individual rural properties will be considered a controlled or permitted activity.

Permitted activities

Properties/farming enterprises that are considered permitted activities will not require resource consent, will not be given a Nitrogen Discharge Allowance and will not require a Nitrogen Management Plan. Permitted activities may need to provide information annually to Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Controlled activities

Properties/farming enterprises that are considered controlled activities will require resource consent, will be given a Nitrogen Discharge Allowance that they will need to meet by 2032 and will require a Nitrogen Management Plan that shows actions that manage the reductions.

Complete the Landowner's Online Guide to see if your farming activity on your property or land will be considered permitted or controlled.

For more information about how the rules may affect you please phone the dedicated phone line 07 921 3377

Target date

The sustainable annual nitrogen limit of 435 tonnes must be met by 2032, with 70% of the catchment target reached by 2022.

Report title




Management of Phosphorous and nitrogen inputs to Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

J.C. Rutherford, R.D. Pridmore and E. White

This is the original report that informed that a sustainable load of 435 tonnes of N and a reduction of 10 tonnes of phosphorus is required to meet water quality targets (pre-1960s)