Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

Decisions on rules approach

The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group approved and endorsed the framework to deliver Lake Rotorua’s sustainable nitrogen limit at the committee meeting on Friday 27 September 2013.  The paper presented covered three key decisions on gorse, rules and incentives and nutrient trading.

The framework approved is the culmination of nearly a decade of discussion with partners and stakeholders. It is strongly influenced by the collaborative processes that are currently operating around nutrient management in the catchment. The framework has been endorsed by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme and the Lake Rotorua Stakeholder Advisory Group, and has been approved by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Links to all material supplied to Council is provided in the table below.

Council paper for framework for rules and incentives (PDF 79kb)

The following recommendations were approved by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group

Supporting information provided

a) Adopted the following Bay of Plenty Regional Council position on gorse:

"In the Rotorua lakes catchment, Council support for land use change on gorse infested land will be considered where gorse affects water quality and land use change is to a nitrogen discharge level of no more than 4kg/ha/yr."

Regional Council paper  (PDF 121 kb)

Appendix - Gorse management options (PDF 1.8 mb)

b) Confirmed the preferred framework for allocating nitrogen to land use activities in the Lake Rotorua catchment is an integrated framework that will achieve the required nitrogen reductions through a programme of nitrogen discharge allowances, incentives and gorse conversion.



Collective Position Paper (PDF 740 kb)

StAG Position Paper (PDF 184 kb)

Regional Council Paper (PDF 174 kb)

Regional Council Staff Policy Advice(PDF 4.8 mb)


c) Approved the development of options for nitrogen trading in the Lake Rotorua catchment.   

Regional Council Paper (PDF 90 kb)

Examples of nutrient trading (PDF 48kb)