HortNZ's Environment team focus on achieving the best operating conditions for growers, through evidence-based policy and regulation advocacy, and work to assist growers to adapt to a changing environment.
Working with product groups and district associations from across the horticulture sector, HortNZ invests heavily in its relationship with central and local government to ensure ministers, councillors and officials understand our industry and make decisions that help our industry to thrive.
The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides the legal framework for our resource management system – setting out systems and process for decision-making relating to the environment. This system includes national (government) level policy as well as, at the local level – Regional and District Plans. Regional and District Plans determine whether an activity requires resource consent.
He Waka Eke Noa
HortNZ represents the horticulture industry in the He Waka Eke Noa partnership on climate change. He Waka Eke Noa is a partnership between industry, Māori and Government to develop a practical framework to measure, manage and reduce agricultural greenhouse emissions.
Freshwater Farm Plans
Freshwater Farm Plans are being introduced by the Government as a way for farmers and growers to manage their impact on freshwater and freshwater ecosystems. Find out more about what's required.
Information about rules and regulations relating to freshwater, land, climate, air quality, and the Resource Management Act.
Find out about policies and plan changes for each region of New Zealand.