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Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective
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April 2016 
Dear <<First Name>>
Cooler mornings and evenings have signaled the arrival of Autumn, but what a summer it's been.The El Nino never eventuated and in fact the opposite arrived, a summer of regular rain. This sees farms going into winter with higher than normal pasture covers. Plan Change 10 is the focus this month with submissions due next Wednesday. Information collated from various meetings is summarised below and on our website to assist you when writing your submissions.
Happy reading! Remember, everything you read here is on our website - www.rotoruafarmers.org.nz
It’s been good to see so many of you at our two farmer meetings that focused on the new rules - Plan Change 10, and the subsequent submissions process.   You'll find a summary of our thinking, incorporating your feedback on our website. We urge you all to write your own individual submissions to BOPRC on how PC10 will impact on your business and livelihoods. If you are still unsure of the financial impact, be sure to write that in your submission.

Members will have received an email on the 8th April with a survey attached relating to on-farm mitigation actions. I urge you to complete this and send it back in so all the individual farm information can be collated. We can then demonstrate that farmers in this catchment take sustainability seriously with real on-farm actions undertaken.

As we are all focused so strongly on the submissions process at present it has been decided to hold the Collective AGM in a few months time. This will give us all a chance to take a breath (or two)!

From Neil Heather, Co-Chair of the Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective
Collective and Federated Farmers Submissions on the Proposed Rules
Firstly a big thank you to all our members who have already contributed to the Collective submission on Plan Change 10.  We are still busy working though the information and will likely be working over the long weekend to get it finished!  In the meantime,  we've posted a summary of the key themes we will be addressing in the submission on our website. The Federated Farmers submission will be sent to all members directly as soon as it is available.
 
The Collective strongly encourages you to make your own personal submission, even though the Collective, Federated Farmers and other organisations will be making submissions as well. We also encourage you to select ‘I wish to be heard in support of my submission’. You can make a real difference by presenting your story in person. The PC10 submission form is available here. You can print it and write on it or fill it out electronically. You can attach your own document as well. Submissions are due by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

Any submission should state what changes to PC10 you want, what you agree or disagree with and evidence to support your view. Use specific PC10 references where possible (e.g. LR R9 is the main rule for farms with more than 40 hectares of pasture).
Update from the Lake Rotorua Incentives Board
Tēnā koutou katoa ... Greetings
The Lake Rotorua Incentives Board (LRIB) is charged with reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua by 100 tonnes per annum in perpetuity and has been allocated a total fund of $40 million to achieve this by December 2022.

The LRIB have the authority to negotiate and reach agreements ahead of the rules being confirmed. A 5 step process outlining the process to reach agreements can be accessed on the LRIB website www.lakerotoruaincentives.nz along with key policies and updated information.

The LRIB are actively engaging with landowners wishing to enter into negotiations and are expecting to reach agreement on several deals by the end of June this year. If you are interested please send an email to tetaru@lakerotoruaincentives.nz.
Want to know what the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Rules mean for you?
It's been valuable working with landowners through our ongoing information sessions. Our next open session is on Tuesday, 17 May, 11 am - 7 pm at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council office on Arawa Street, no appointments necessary.

Staff will be available to go through with you on a one to one basis what you need to do and when. We can get started on calculating your provisional nitrogen discharge allowance (pNDA) and go through the funding that is available to help you meet your pNDA by 2032.

If you can’t make this session you can phone the dedicated Landowners Advice Line on 07 921 3377 to set up a meeting with a Land Management Officer.
Expressions of interest open for $3.3 million Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund
This public fund is part of the $5.5 million set aside to assist landowners with reaching their pNDA and meeting the requirements of proposed Plan Change 10. The objective of the fund is to support land use change in the Lake Rotorua Catchment. It will do this by funding research which provides land owners access to useful and practical information that is relevant to the catchment.
There are 3 focus areas of research for the fund:
  1. How to promote additional uptake of proven existing low nitrogen land uses or farm systems in the catchment
  2. How existing low nitrogen land uses or farm systems can be applied to conditions in the Lake Rotorua catchment
  3. The potential of new low nitrogen land uses or farm systems to be adopted in the Lake Rotorua catchment
How to apply
Expressions of interests are open from 6th - 20th May 2016. An expert assessment panel will consider these expressions of interest for the subsequent full application process.
For more information phone Anna Grayling, 0800 884 880 or email info@rotorualakes.co.nz 
Latest research on phosphorus loads to Lake Rotorua
Last week University of Waikato Professor David Hamilton, presented the latest research on phosphorus loads to Lake Rotorua. This research focused on the phosphorus share due to human activity (‘anthropogenic’ P).
 Key findings include:
  • Both Phosphorus and Nitrogen limit algae growth, hence the importance of controlling both P and N loads to the lake 
  • The total annual average P load is approximately 49 tonnes. This is higher than previous estimates, mainly due to storm loads
  • 48% (or 23.4 tonnes) of the total annual P load comes from anthropogenic activity
  • P loads from the groundwater dominated streams on the western side of the lake are mainly natural P from old-age groundwater, despite the dominance of pastoral land-uses in these sub-catchments
  • Alum dosing has been highly effective in reducing dissolved P loads to Lake Rotorua, but less effective with particulate P
  • P mitigation efforts should focus on reducing the particulate P load through improved land and stormwater management
  • To meet the lake target TLI of 4.2 without alum dosing, the annual lake P load would need to reduce by 10-15 tonnes.
If you'd like to find out more, here are the links to the full research report and David Hamilton's PowerPoint  presentation.
Lake nutrient rules submission period closing soon
The submission period for the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules will close this Wednesday and Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder is encouraging the public to have their input in to what the rules will look like. Read more

 
New report values the benefits of OVERSEER®
In early February the OVERSEER® owners (MPI, AgResearch and the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand) released an independent report quantifying some of the benefits associated with New Zealand’s nutrient budgeting support tool, OVERSEER. Read more
Focus on environmental efficiency
A mind shift from intensification and production per hectare, to a system that focuses on environmental efficiency as the primary driver is required in New Zealand’s pastoral industry. Read more
 
Health and Safety at Work Act starts Monday
After a long consultation process and lead in time, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force on Monday 4 April. The Safer Farms website is a key resource for farming specific advice on health and safety generally including the requirements of the new Act. Read more
 
Ballance winners - taking care of their most precious asset
It’s clear June Birchall thinks a smart farmer should put environmental care high up their priority list.“Good production starts with healthy land and healthy cows – why would a good farmer not take care of their most precious asset?” Read more
 
Submissions Close - Proposed Plan Change 10 
Submissions close on the Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management). 
Date: Wednesday 27 April, 4pm
 
Federated Farmers AGM
All Rotorua/Taupo Fed Farmers members are invited to the 55th Annual General Meeting.
Collective members are also welcome to attend.
Date: 3.30pm Tuesday, 3 May 2016.  Read more
Location: Copthorne Hotel, 340 Fenton Street, Rotorua
B+LNZ Bull Buying Workshop
Targeted at the commercial bull buyer and facilitated by B+LNZ Genetics, this workshop is designed to help you make good decisions about bull buying.
Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016 10am-3pm
Location: 196 Coates Road (Off Te Kopia Road), Waikite Valley, Rotorua
Want to know what the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Rules will mean for you?
Staff will be available to go through with you on a one to one basis what you might need to do and when. No appointment necessary.
Date: Tuesday, 17 May 11 am – 7 pm 
Location: the Bay of Plenty Regional Council office on Arawa Street

 
Engaging women as critical farming partners
Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) engages women as critical farming partners through  building business knowledge, skills and confidence.
Dates: 31 Aug; 12 Sept; 12 Oct; 2 Nov. (4 full-day workshops)
Location: Rotorua (TBC)  
Cost: FREE

 

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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