Environmental Policy & Planning


Land and Water Regional Plan
The Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP) has implications for all Opuha Water shareholders.  For an overview of the Land and Water Regional Plan and what it means for shareholders, download the March 2014 newsletter.

OWL’s Response to the LWRP
Opuha Water is involved in a number of initiatives in response to the Land and Water Regional Plan.

Primary Industry Coordination:
Opuha Water is working with the Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee and other primary sector representatives to explore synergies in our work and to ensure coordination and consistency in the messages we are giving to farmers.   

Information Provision:
OWL held a series of information sessions on the Land and Water Regional Plan for shareholders in early May 2014.
Follow the links below to view the presentations given by Environment Canterbury and Opuha Water at these meetings:

adobe-pdf-logoLWRP – Environment Canterbury

adobe-pdf-logoLWRP – Opuha Water Response

Further information can be found on the ECan website:

Understand the proposed Land & Water Regional Plan by reading the factsheets and FAQ’s.
adobe-pdf-logoUnderstanding the Land and Water Regional Plan

The Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan sets controls on the leaching of nitrates and will have an impact on your farm – the nutrient rules may affect land-use intensification plans.
adobe-pdf-logoInformation for Farmers – FAQ’s & Nutrient Rules

Farm Environment Plans (FEP):  Many farmers will be required to get new resource consents and prepare a FEP over the next few years under the Land and Water Regional Plan.  The Opuha Water Farm Plan roll-out will assist farmers prepare for these changes.  Refer to the Audited Self-Management page for more information.

Irrigation scheme consent:  The LWRP includes provisions that enable irrigation schemes to manage nutrient losses within their command area by holding a discharge permit.  A scheme discharge consent would remove the need for shareholders to apply for a consent where one might otherwise be required.  The irrigation scheme would be expected to manage and administer the N loss within scheme.

The concept aligns with the Audited Self-Management (ASM) approach, however, there are various scenarios to work through in order to fully understand the pros and cons of Opuha Water holding a discharge consent.  Opuha Water will keep shareholders informed as work progresses on this.