RMLA Taranaki has invited the Office of the PCE to discuss its recent review of the Overseer Model


Nutrient losses from farms have an impact on our rivers, lakes and estuaries. In December 2018 the PCE’s Office released a Report on the Overseer Model*, with comment that “[a]s the country looks to improve the state of its waterways, an important part of the regulatory puzzle is how we measure and place limits on sources of pollution.”

This presentation will start with discussion from Greg Carlyon and Peter Taylor, from environmental consultancy firm The Catalyst Group, on the context of nutrient management in New Zealand (authors of the Report “Regional Council Uses of Overseer” 2018).

Anna Hooper, Senior Advisor, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment will then discuss the Commissioner’s independent investigation of the Overseer model, and identify how Overseer could be improved to be better suited for use as a regulatory tool.

*Overseer is currently the most commonly used model for calculating nutrient losses in New Zealand. It is used by farmers to improve nutrient use on farms, and more contentiously by regional councils to help inform regulations around water quality.

CPD = 1 hour

When: 30 May 2019

Time: 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Govett Quilliam

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