New stock exclusion regulations and Waikato Regional Council’s Plan Change 1: comparisons and conundrums
Author: Charlotte Muggeridge, Associate, Harkness Henry
Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 (PC1) by Waikato Regional Council was adopted on 18 March 2020, with the decisions version notified on 22 April 2020.
PC1 has had numerous appeals lodged against it. These are currently being addressed, and during this period of time, new freshwater policies and regulations were issued by central government.
This article provides an overview of PC1 and compares the ‘Minimum Farming Standards’ in PC1 to the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020 (SR).
These regulations were released with the new freshwater policies, including the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM), and the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F).