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Plan Change 10 - 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?

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is aware there are some over-40 hectare farming enterprises who are ready to progress to the next stage of Proposed Plan Change 10 – applying for a resource consent – and BOPRC is ready too.

Those that have a signed Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) can contact BOPRC’s Advice and Support Service to talk through the resource consent process. Call the team on 07 921 3377.

BOPRC’s priority is to work with the landowners and farmers that have said they’re ready and wanting to move forward. Between July 1 and September 30, 2017, BOPRC is offering free resource consents.

Applying for a resource consent doesn’t compromise the hearing process which is still underway, and will continue to run its course.

Hearings were held between March and May. The independent hearing panel have the responsibility to consider all the information submitted, and make an informed recommendation on the plan change to Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC). BOPRC will consider the recommendation and make a decision.

Once the decision has been released by BOPRC, submitters will have 30 working days to file any appeals to the Environment Court.

Based on the final outcome BOPRC will fund any necessary changes to resource consents and/or NMPs completed before the outcome.

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

Resource consents are now open for properties/farming enterprises that are over 40 hectares.

These consents are being offered free of charge from July 1 to September 30, 2017.

Properties/farming enterprises that are considered controlled activities 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)