Tukituki Resource Consents
Federated Farmers has been striving to address the valid farmer concerns around implementation of the Tukituki Plan Change 6.
We have met with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council a number of times to highlight problems facing farmers, to try and come up with workable solutions.
The consenting for farms in the Tukituki River catchment will be the biggest regulatory challenge for Hawkes Bay to date. A whopping 330 farm resource consent applications must be received by Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) by 30 May 2020. Coupled with the drought and coronavirus outbreak we understand that this is an extremely stressful time for farmers.
Federated Farmers has also been developing a consenting framework to make it easier and cheaper for you to apply for consent, however this has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown has removed our ability to help put together fit-for-purpose applications: farmers can’t meet with consultants, important documents can’t be accessed, and everyone is understaffed and under the pump.
Tukituki farmer and community caucus group
A group of dedicated local farmers and business leaders in Central Hawkes Bay has been meeting and undertaking actions in order to help their fellow farmers and communities get through the biggest regulatory challenge that CHB has ever faced.
This group was formed after the successful farmer meeting held at the Tikokino Hall on 30 October 2019. Recognising that the implementation of the Tukituki Plan Change will affect not just farmers, but also local businesses, the group has been meeting regularly to come up with solutions for the entire Central Hawkes Bay community.
The group met with Hawkes Bay Regional Council councillors and staff on 18 December 2019, and again on 15 January 2020, to try and broker a solution.
This group has been working closely with Federated Farmers for the good of the Central Hawkes Bay community, which relies on farming for its wellbeing.
One of the problems facing Tukituki farmers was that the table of N limits by LUC was calculated using an old version of Overseer, yet farmers had to use Overseer FM to calculate their farm N Profiles. These two different versions of Overseer meant that apples were being compared to oranges.
However significant progress has already been made for farmers, in that Federated Farmers has convinced HBRC to update the LUC Table using Overseer FM. This makes sure that apples are being compared to apples and farmers’ N profiles are measured against the limits using the same version of Overseer. HBRC has to go through an official process to get the update locked in, which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Letter to Minister David Parker
Federated Farmers have written a letter together with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council l to the Honourable David Parker, Minister for the Environment. We ask the Minister to invoke his extraordinary powers under the National State of Emergency to defer the deadline by 12 months.
We’ve explored other ways of getting a deferral, but perhaps unsurprisingly this pandemic situation has not been thought of and there is a gap in the laws that might allow for deferral. In the meantime, we still need to work on placeholder consent applications by 31 May 2020, in case the deferral isn’t granted.
Federated Farmers Tukituki Consent Pathway
Federated Farmers has developed a Tukituki Consent Framework that you can join if you choose to. Unfortunately, this pathway is on hold due to COVID-19, but we will get it up and running ASAP.
Federated Farmers is here to help farmers like you to navigate the Tukituki consent process. We want the process to be as simple and cost-effective as possible so you can keep farming with confidence. Please register your interest with us now, so we can get started helping you put together a practical and robust consent application as soon as the pandemic is over Please Register here.
If you choose to join the Federated Farmers Tukituki Consent Pathway, when we do the full process you will reduce your consultant costs as opposed to going it alone. Members of Federated Farmers will also receive a discount.
As a member, this will be one of the many benefits you receive, as well as local and national advocacy. To become a member ring Federated Farmers on 0800 327 646, or visit www.fedfarm.org.nz/join
We look to forward working with all of you to enable ongoing productive farming in the Tukituki catchment.
However, we need to continue with placeholder consent applications in by 31 May 2020. These will protect you from being technically without a consent, and extra information can be added later once the pandemic is over.
To do this, farmers will need to fill in the Council’s application forms on their HBRC Tukituki webpage.
- Fill in Administration Form A
- Plus this specific Tukituki Form A
- If you have any other information that you had put together for the consent application, send that in too for good measure, even if it is not finished.
- Email to HBRC Paul Barret email@example.com
- Or post to: Tukituki Consents team, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Private Bag 6006, Napier 4142.
- No fee charged during the pandemic, but expect Council fees later.
If you need help filling out these forms, just give Federated Farmers Rhea Dasent a call.
The Regional Council will need full consent applications from farmers at a later date once the pandemic dies down, and the Federated Farmers Tukituki Consent Pathway will help you do this.