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Planting, waterways and wetland management

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Planting in forest fragments

Wetland planting guide

Trees on Farms: a guide to growing trees in the Waikato region, which covers a range of aspects of selection, establishment and care of trees on farms.

Scrub vegetation - planting and managing scrub, including manuka [PDF, 625 KB]

Tax breaks for riparian planting

From July 2013, riparian plantings by farmers are tax deductible as an operational expense instead of being classified as capital expenditure.

A change to the Income Tax Act explicitly allows deductions for plantings to “prevent or mitigate discharges into water courses or water bodies”. The provision is available to trees, shrubs and other plantings.

The Government says the new measure will encourage farmers to plant trees and shrubs in riparian strips along creeks and rivers, thereby increasing natural habitat and reducing the amount of sediment and nutrients entering waterways.

Waikato Regional Council also offers grants of up to 35 per cent of the cost of fencing off waterways and riparian plantings on farms in priority catchments.

For more advice on planting and fencing issues, contact a council land management officer on 0800 800 401.

Waterway crossings

Tracks and raceways
Find out how well-designed and maintained tracks and raceways are one of the secrets to a productive farm business. They make it quicker and easier to get around the farm, reduce wear and tear on farm vehicles, and help prevent lameness in stock. Good tracks and raceways also improve water quality by keeping dirty runoff out of waterways.

Best practice guidelines for waterway crossings - link to Waikato Regional Council's technical report TR 2006/25R

Culverts and fish access

What farmers are doing

Landcare groups

Check out our information on Landcare groups in the Waikato region. Find out about Landcare, how it works, how to start your own group, and the Waikato Regional Council’s role.

Rules and compliance

Know the rules (waterway crossings) - Read Waikato Regional Council's rules and regulations for bridges, culverts and fords.

Know the rules (riparian vegetation) - Read Waikato Regional Council's rules and regulations for planting on the beds and banks of rivers and lakes

Know the rules (wetlands) - Read Waikato Regional Council's rules and regulations for protecting or modifying wetlands.

Permitted activity guides - The permitted activity guides provide a summary overview of a number of our rules for farming activities.

More information

Waterway management (433kb)

Restoring a wetland

Fencing streams and rivers