Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua


All landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with nitrogen to sell can now apply for a share of the $40 million on offer as part of the Rotorua Lakes Incentives Scheme.

We’re calling for expressions of interest from all land owners – big or small – who may be interested in converting some of their land use and selling nitrogen to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua.

So if you’ve thought about making changes or want to know more about what this means for you, call Jude Pani on 027 456 1504 or email



The Incentives Scheme forms an integral part of a wider framework aimed at cleaning up Lake Rotorua. The $40 million fund has been set up to “buy” nitrogen off landowners who want to permanently lower their nitrogen discharge, with the aim of buying 100 tonnes of nitrogen by 2022.

It’s now open to all landowners in the catchment with nitrogen to sell. A permanent land use change will likely be necessary to lower your nitrogen discharge below your NDA.


How it works

We’ve removed all the barriers – it’s an easy process that’s now accessible to all. Here are the key points you need to know:

  • It’s a voluntary, private negotiation between the landowner and the committee.
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council funds the farm consultants who will assist to ascertain whether you’ve got nitrogen to sell, and you can choose which consultant.
  • We then complete the paperwork and provide it to you with the written documentation. We recommend you liaise with your lawyer.
  • Once you’re happy, you sign, make any necessary land use change and we put the money in your bank account.

We can make it more complicated if you like, but we’d rather you spend the time on real work. If you do want more of the finer points around the process for landowner agreements, check them out here.



For more information check out our FAQs here.


Who can apply

Any land owners within the Rotorua catchment who have nitrogen to sell – no block is too big or too small.

We’re ready and waiting to negotiate purchasing nitrogen so if you have nitrogen to sell, or you’re not sure how you might be able to benefit, then talk to your Land Management Officer or phone Jude Pani on 027 456 1504. It all starts with a phone call.



The Incentives scheme is part of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme integrated framework, which seeks to reduce nitrogen from entering Lake Rotorua by 320 tonnes by 2022 and includes land use rules, the Gorse Conversion Scheme and engineering solutions.


Toitu te whenua. Toitu te wai. Toitu te tangata.

“As the wellbeing of the land and the water remain, so remains the wellbeing of the people.”