Tukituki Plan reaches first deadline

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council hit its first regulation deadline for landowners in the Tukituki catchment on Thursday 31 May.

The deadline relates to the Tukituki Plan, which requires owners of land over 4 hectares to show evidence of a Farm Environment Management Plan.

Over 75% of the Tukituki catchment is now covered by a Farm Plan, with 360 Farm Plans or low intensity confirmations still to be done.

Regulation Manager Liz Lambert urges landowners – who haven’t contracted a farm plan provider – to make this job a priority.

The Regional Council’s land management team has also been behind the concerted effort in Central Hawke’s Bay and the lower Tukituki catchment to support farmers and other landowners to obtain farm plans.

The Regional Council will shortly make further contact with non-compliant Tukituki catchment landowners and give until 29 June to receive a satisfactory response to the farm plan requirement. After this date, enforcement action or prosecution proceedings will be considered on a case-by-case basis.