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Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective
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Collective Update November 2014
Dear <<First Name>>
Thanks to all members for giving feedback to Council on the draft nutrient rules. A special thanks goes out to our fabulous secretary, Chris Paterson, for pulling together the Collective's position on the draft rules. Here's hoping this feedback results in a fair and workable outcome for landowners in the catchment.

At recent public meetings, questions were raised about the role of the Stakeholder Advisory Group. You'll find out more about this group and the newly formed Land Technical Advisory Group in this November Collective Update.Remember you'll find all this info and more on our website www.rotoruafarmers.org.nz

From the Chair - Collective's position on the draft rules
The Collective has sent in its feedback on BOPRC's draft nutrient rules, along with hundreds of other landowners. The feedback was based on listening to our members, plus advice from Fed Farmers, DairyNZ and Beef & Lamb NZ.  We also heard the concerns of numerous landowners who attended the Collective's public meetings held from July to October. 
 
We are concerned that major nitrogen limits are being imposed on farmers despite a poor understanding of the large economic costs to farmers and the wider community. The Collective does not believe the science case is adequate either, especially given that the lake has met its water quality target for the last three years through a focus on phosphorus management, not nitrogen. You can read the Collective's full feedback document here
In brief
Draft nutrient rules consultation - next steps
Bay of Plenty Regional Council appreciates all the effort made by the many individuals and groups that sent in feedback on the draft nitrogen rules for rural land in the Lake Rotorua catchment. Around 300 feedback forms were received by the Friday 31 October deadline. Many people also attended public meetings organised by Council and the Collective since consultation began in July. What are the next steps?  Read more.
Stakeholder Advisory Group - additional members proposed
During the draft rules consultation, it became clear that small block owners wanted more say at StAG. At its October meeting, StAG supported having one additional small block member plus a new member from the deer sector. The new members should be confirmed in time for StAG’s next meeting on 18th November. Read more.

Land Technical Advisory Group established  
Rotorua farmers have long wanted an expert group of scientists and economists to advise landowners and BOPRC on how to cost-effectively achieve the tough nutrient targets proposed for the Lake Rotorua catchment. The Collective was pleased to see the Land Technical Advisory Group (Land TAG) set up. Our Chairman Stuart Morrison gave a “farmer perspective” on science needs at the Land TAG’s first meeting on 8 October.  Read more
 

Great news for Rotorua lakes water quality 
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Media Release, 2 October 2014
The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme partners are very pleased with the latest annual monitoring results which show most of the lakes in the programme are at, or close to, their water quality target. Read more
On the farm
Farming with a Community Spirit – Chris Paterson
For Chris Paterson, growing a strong community is just as important as producing milk.
 
Chris and husband Jamie started farming together as sharemilkers on the flat peat soils of Gordonton before purchasing their own 65 hectare farm at Reporoa in 1987.  It was during their time in Reporoa that Chris learnt the true meaning of the term ‘community spirit’. “Neighbours cared and looked out for each other.  We all worked together to get the jobs done on the farm and in the community,” says Chris. Read more

(Image: Christine accepting the  2014 Dairy Women’s Network Community Leadership Award)
Events

DairyNZ Sustainable Milk Plan Roll Out
Dairy NZ is rolling out its new Sustainable Milk Plan program at DairyNZ discussion group at Stuart Morrison's farm, 727 Oturoa Road, 11am - 1.30pm, 4 November 2014.
For more information click here

Stakeholder Advisory Group (StAG) - November
This meeting will cover the latest on draft rules and incentives.
Find out more about StAG  (Stakeholder Advisory Group) or  view previous minutes here.  
All welcome.
9-12 am, Wednesday 18 November, Rotorua District Council.       

Would you like to become a member of the Collective?
Three reasons to get involved!


 1. Influence policy that will affect your farm business
 2. Learn about on-farm nutrient management solutions
 3. Get support from fellow farmers and industry bodies
  

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