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 the National Environmental Standards- Drinking Water

Posted on 4/04/2022
Federated Farmers NZ and Beef & Lamb NZ have jointly submitted on the NES-DW. We strongly oppose the proposed changes on the basis.

Policy Position on Government Policies Incentivising the Afforestation of Farmland

Posted on 23/03/2022
In March 2022 the National Council of Federated Farmers of New Zealand approved a revised policy on ‘Government policies incentivising the blanket afforestation of farmland’

Getting Winter Grazing Right

Posted on 11/02/2022
Are you set for winter? How to register concern over winter grazing practices, find out more about the early intervention team and best practice winter grazing resources including a checklist

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.

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