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After initial pilot projects ran last year, freshwater farm plans are expected to be ready for roll out from mid 2023 with a focus on the Waikato, Gisborne and Southland regions first. Freshwater farm plans are part of the government’s Essential Freshwater package and the aim...

Drainage: best practice, improved practices and new technologies Stronger, more lightweight pipe materials are one of the widely recognised advances in drainage, but there are several other technologies and practices that rural drainage specialists can advise on to improve drainage systems.  This article outlines technologies and practices...

DO YOU NEED CONSENT FOR YOUR CULVERT IN A RIVER OR STREAM?   National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F) regulations now apply to a range of structures — including culverts — in New Zealand rivers, streams and connected areas. The regulations have been introduced because many of...

Understanding the impact of new freshwater regulations on farms and farm management Wetland protections and standards for intensive winter grazing are among the first of the new freshwater regulations to take effect. We’ve developed this short paper to provide an overview of all the freshwater regulations,...

A growing body of evidence is identifying plastic pipes as the sustainable choice for development — now and in the future. Plastic piping systems are strong, durable, light-weight and flexible, requiring significantly less energy to fabricate, transport and install than either the metal or concrete alternatives....

Poorly designed instream structures (including culverts, weirs and dams) are a significant contributing factor in the declining populations of New Zealand’s native freshwater fish. According to DOC, about 70% of New Zealand’s native fish are threatened or at risk and the main factor in these declining...