In issue 1: Our first issue, new rules for waterways, and an Environmental Fund update.
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ISSUE 1      
Welcome to the first issue of our new e-newsletter to keep you in touch with Northland Regional Council’s Land Management and Biodiversity teams. We’re often so busy with new clients and new initiatives that we don’t have time to reconnect with landowners we’ve worked with in the past. This newsletter will help keep you updated with news and events happening in the land management scene at the council and beyond.

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Who are we?

The Land Management and Biodiversity teams at the council focus on soil conservation and improving freshwater quality and biodiversity in Northland, especially in streams, wetlands and lakes on our productive land. We work with landowners, offering free advice and in many cases, a financial contribution towards stock exclusion fencing costs or providing soil conservation plant material at cost.

We have diverse backgrounds and expertise, but are all passionate about improving Northland’s productive capacity in a healthy environment.

Get your waterways fenced ahead of new rules

As you’re no doubt aware, excluding livestock from waterways is widely recognised as good practice to improve water quality. If you have livestock with access to streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands, the new stock exclusion rules proposed in the Draft Regional Plan may affect you – find out more at

The good news is that if you still have waterways to fence, we have funding available through our Environment Fund that could help you get ahead of the game! So now is a great time to get on to your waterway fencing.

We can contribute up to 50% towards your fencing costs. It’s easy to apply – just call us on 0800 002 004. It’s first in, first served for eligible projects so get in quick for this year’s funding.

Waterway fencing fast-tracked

Environment Fund case study: Dave and Roz MacMillan

Support from the Environment Fund has helped Dave MacMillan fast-track waterway fencing on his sheep and beef farm along the Utakura River.

When he took on a lease of the farm in May 2015, the river was only partially fenced, says Dave.

“There’s a lot to do on a new farm, but money’s hard to find. The council pitched in $7000 to help with the cost of the fencing so we were able to get it done quicker.”

“Applying for funding was really straightforward – I worked out what I needed for the fencing, the council had a look, sorted the paperwork, and checked back once the work was done.”

Dave says along with the environmental benefits, fencing along the river has made a big difference for pasture management.

“We now have an extra six paddocks.  We’re seeing the long-term benefits of controlling leaching of fertiliser, and you can see the difference in the thickness of grass.”

“The national cycleway runs through the farm so having it properly fenced is also good from a tourism point of view.”

“We have plenty more work to do like planting natives along the river, so we’ll definitely take advantage of the Environment Fund again if we can.”

The Environment Fund contributed to fencing both sides of the Utakura River. A section of the national cycleway can be seen in the background.

Future focus

Our next newsletter will focus more on new projects our teams are involved with, such as hill country erosion management in the Kaipara Harbour catchment and management of Northland’s unique dune lakes. Look out for it in your inbox early in 2017. Until then, the Land Management and Biodiversity teams at the council wish you all a productive spring and a safe and happy holiday season.

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