Intensive winter grazing regulations: Proposed changes

Closed 7 Oct 2021

Opened 26 Aug 2021

Results updated 21 Apr 2022

From 26 August to 7 October 2021, the Ministry for the Environment consulted on proposed amendments to the intensive winter grazing regulations within the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020. A total of 85 public submissions were received during the consultation period.

Thank you to all who made a submission.

Read the summary of submissions [PDF, 846 KB]

Overview

The Government is proposing changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations. These are included within the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F).

We have received feedback that aspects of the intensive winter grazing regulations may require modification to support effective implementation and achieve improved environmental outcomes. This particularly relates to conditions that are weather-dependent or difficult to practically comply with. As a result of that feedback, the intensive winter grazing regulations were deferred for one year (from 1 May 2021 to 1 May 2022) to allow time to consider changes to address the implementation issues.

We are proposing changes to the conditions so the regulations can operate as they were intended to.

This consultation closed on 7 October 2021.

Read Managing intensive winter grazing: A discussion document on proposed changes to intensive winter grazing regulations

This document asks for feedback on proposed changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations only.

What happens next

We will analyse feedback and provide advice to Ministers on next steps.

If you have any queries, please email IWG@mfe.govt.nz.