Lake Taupō catchment
Lake Taupō is under threat from increasing nitrogen leaching from land uses in the catchment. In order to maintain the lake's water quality, we need to reduce the amount of nitrogen reaching the lake from farmland and urban areas by 20 per cent.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for the lake's water quality, and we have been working together with Taupō District Council and central government to identify appropriate solutions for both the lake and the community.
In 2003, Waikato Regional Council released Protecting Lake Taupō - the overall strategy guiding action to protect the lake. Subsequent to this, new Waikato Regional Plan rules were developed to cap the amount of nitrogen leaching from the land, with a public fund (administered by the Lake Taupōo Protection Trust) established to assist in achieving the required reduction of nitrogen.
These changes mean that all landowners in the catchment now need to consider whether they comply with the new permitted activity rules in the Waikato Regional Plan, or whether they need to apply for resource consent for their land use activities.
Read the rules
You can read our rules regarding activities in the Lake Taupō catchment online. Refer to chapter 3.10 of the Waikato Regional Plan.
The rules apply to all properties in the Lake Taupō catchment, whether they be residential, pastoral and or forestry sites. The catchment is identified on the map below.
The following resources have been developed to help landowners in the catchment with establishing whether they require consents in order to continue farming:
- Nitrogen management in the Lake Taupō catchment - to help you get your head around the rules
- Benchmarking information forms - to benchmark the amount of nitrogen leaching from your property
- Nitrogen trading in the Lake Taupō catchment - to understand how to trade
- Stock numbers calculator - an Excel spreadsheet that helps you determine if your grazing activity needs a consent.
Find out more about issues affecting Lake Taupō’s water quality, including the effect of different land uses on the lake and how clean the lake is for swimming.
For further information you can contact our Taupō staff on (07) 378 6539.