Environmental Policy

Policy regarding New Zealand's natural environment is as broad as it is complex. It also underpins many other sectors Federated Farmers are involved in, including employment, biosecurity, economics & trade and climate change. Farming within the framework of the RMA can be a real challenge for farmers, so our work is based on ensuring that the social, environmental and economic aspects of agriculture are understood and given a fair deal. 

Whats been happening

Submission on proposed wetland definition changes

Posted on 29/10/2021
Federated Farmers of New Zealand Deer Industry NES wetland submission

Submission on Managing Intensive Winter Grazing

Posted on 8/10/2021
The government has proposed loosening a number of provisions, which FF's supports, but there are still some areas where the intensive winter grazing regulations require further work.

Submission on the Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations

Posted on 8/10/2021
FF's key concern is that there is insufficient detail in the discussion document to really understand what is being proposed and, where it does seem to be clear, it appears these plans will be overly burdensome on farmers.

Submission on proposed changes to the Low Slope Map Regulations 2020

Posted on 8/10/2021
While these changes address some concerns, they still do not go far enough. It would be impossible to establish a method of accurately identifying the land where the proportional environmental benefits out weigh the costs.

Submission on the Reforming industrial allocation in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme consultation

Posted on 17/09/2021
The Federation supports industrial allocation (IA) as a means of reducing the risk of the NZ ETS price driving emissions intensive trade exposed (EITE) firms, their production, and their associated emissions overseas.

Environment Contacts

Paul Le Miére

Regional Policy Manager North Island
M: 027 617 1796

Kim Reilly

Regional Policy Manager South Island
M: 021 887 537

The Federated Farmers style for staff and elected officials’ email addresses is – first initial surname@fedfarm.org.nz e.g. fdagg@fedfarm.org.nz