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On this page: Schedule A, Schedule B, Schedule C.

This schedule information referred to below is highlighted in the What does it mean for me? tool. A copy of the full schedule is available in the full copy of the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1.

Schedule A – Registration with Waikato Regional Council

 Properties with an area greater than 2 hectares (excluding urban properties) must be registered with the Waikato Regional Council in the following manner:
1. Registration must occur between 1 May 2020 and 30 November 2020.
2. Registration information set out in clause 5, and where relevant in clause 6, below must beprovided.
3. Proof of registration must be provided to the Waikato Regional Council if requested by the council.
4. Registration information must be updated by the new owner of a property within 30 workingdays of the new owner taking possession of the property, or otherwise at the request of the Waikato Regional Council.
5. All property owners must provide:
a. The following information in respect of the land owner, and the person responsible forusing the land (if different from the land owner):
i. Full name.
ii. Trading name (if applicable, where the owner is a company or other entity).
iii. Full postal and email address.
iv. Telephone contact details.
b. Legal description of the property as per the certificate(s) of title.
c. Physical address of the property.
d. A description of the land use activity or activities undertaken on the property as at [thedate of notification], including the land area of each activity.
e. The total land area of the property.
f. Where the land is used for grazing, the stocking rate of animals grazed on the land.
6. Properties that graze livestock must also provide a map showing:
a. The location of:
i. Property boundaries; and
ii. Water bodies listed in Schedule C for stock exclusion within the property boundaryand fences adjacent to those water bodies; and
iii. Livestock crossing points over those water bodies and a description of any livestockcrossing structures.


Schedule B – Nitrogen Reference Point

A property or enterprise with a cumulative area greater than 20 hectares (or any property or enterprise used for commercial vegetable production) must have a Nitrogen Reference Point calculated as follows:
a) The Nitrogen Reference Point must be calculated by a Certified Farm Nutrient Advisor to determine the amount of nitrogen being leached from the property or enterprise during the relevant reference period specified in clause f), except for any land use change approved under Rule where the nitrogen reference point shall be determined through the Rule consent process.
b) The Nitrogen Reference Point shall be the highest annual nitrogen leaching loss that occurred during a single year (being 12 consecutive months) within the reference period specified in clause f), except for commercial vegetable production in which case the Nitrogen Reference Point shall be the average annual nitrogen leaching loss during the reference period.
c) The Nitrogen Reference Point must be calculated using the current version of the OVERSEER® Model (or any other model approved by the Chief Executive of the Waikato Regional Council).
d) The Nitrogen Reference Point data shall comprise the electronic output file from the OVERSEER® or other approved model, and where the OVERSEER® Model is used, it must be calculated using the OVERSEER® Best Practice Data Input Standards 2016, with the exceptions and inclusions set out in Schedule B Table 1.
e) The Nitrogen Reference Point and the Nitrogen Reference Point data must be provided to Waikato Regional Council within the period 1 May 2020 to 30 November 2020.
f) The reference period is the two financial years covering 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, except for commercial vegetable production in which case the reference period is 1 July 2006 to 30 79 38 Document #8783431 June 2016.
g) The following records (where relevant to the land use undertaken on the property or enterprise) must be retained and provided to Waikato Regional Council at its request:
i. Stock numbers as recorded in annual accounts together with stock sale and purchase invoices;
ii. Dairy production data;
iii. Invoices for fertiliser applied to the land;
iv. Invoices for feed supplements sold or purchased;
v. Water use records for irrigation (to be averaged over 3 years or longer) in order to determine irrigation application rates;
vi. Crops grown on the land; and vii. Horticulture crop diaries and NZGAP records.


Table 1: Data input methodology for ensuring consistency of nitrogen reference data using the OVERSEER® Model

OVERSEER® Parameter Setting that must be used  Explanatory note
Farm model
Pastoral and horticulture 
To cover the entire enterprise including riparian, retired, forestry, and yards and races. The model is to include noncontiguous properties that are part of the enterprise that are in the same sub-catchment. If the farm (for example where dairy animals are grazed or wintered) is part of another farming business such as a drystock farm, the losses from those animals will be represented in the drystock farms’ Overseer model. To capture the “whole farm” in one Overseer file, where possible, to truly represent N losses from farms in the plan change area. 
Pastoral and horticulture
 Select Waikato Region  This setting has an effect on climate settings and some animal characteristics and is required to ensure consistency
Animal distribution – relative productivity pastoral only  Use “no differences between blocks” with the following exceptions:
• Grazed pines or other woody vegetation. In this case use “Relative yield” and set the grazed pine blocks to 0.4 (40%)
• Where the farm has a mixture of irrigated and non-irrigated areas. In this case use “Relative yield” and set the irrigated area to 1 (100%), and the non-irrigated areas to 0.75 (75%) 
Wetlands  Entered as Riparian Blocks As per the 2016 OVERSEER® Best Practice Data Input Standards.
Stock number entry Based on specific stock numbers only To ensure consistency and accuracy of stock number inputs.
Animal weights   Only use OVERSEER® defaults – do not enter in weights and use the age at start setting where available (national averages)   Accurate animal weights are difficult to obtain and prove. 
 Block climate data  Only use the Climate Station tool For contiguous blocks use the coordinates from the location of the dairy shed or the middle of the farm area (for non-dairy) For non-contiguous blocks use individual blocks’ climate station coodinates
Soil description Use Soil Order – obtained from S-Map or where S-Map is unavailable from LRI 1:50,000 data or a soil map of the farm.  To ensure consistency between areas of the region that have S-Map data and those that don’t.
Missing data  In the absence of Nitrogen Referencing information being provided the Waikato Regional Council will use appropriate default numbers for any necessary inputs to the OVERSEER® model (such default numbers will generally be around 75% of normal Freshwater Management Unit^ average values for those inputs).  Some farms will not be able to supply data, therefore a default must be established.


Schedule C – Stock exclusion

Except as provided by Exclusions I. and II., stock must be excluded from the water bodies listed in i. to iv. below as follows:
1. The water bodies must be fenced to exclude cattle, horses, deer, and pigs, unless those animals are prevented from entering the bed of the water body by a stock proof natural barrier formed by topography or vegetation.
2. New fences installed after [the date of notification] must be located to ensure cattle, horses, deer and pigs cannot be within one metre of the bed of the water body (excluding constructed wetlands).
3. Livestock must not be permitted to enter onto or pass across the bed of the water body, except when using a livestock crossing structure.
4. For land use authorised under Rules or, clauses,1 and 2 must be complied with:
a. By 1 March 2025 for properties and enterprises within Priority 1 sub-catchments listed in Table 11-2.
b. By 1 July 2026 for properties and enterprises within Priority 2 and 3 subcatchments listed in Table 11-2,.
5. For land use authorised under Rules, or, clauses 1 and 2 must be complied with by the date and in the manner specified in the property’s or enterprises’ Farm Environment Plan, which shall be within 3 years following the dates by which a Farm Environment Plan must be provided to the Council, or in any case no later than 1 July 2026.

Water bodies from which cattle, horses, deer, and pigs must be excluded:
i. Any river that continually contains surface water.
ii. Any drain that continually contains surface water.
iii. Any wetland, including a constructed wetland.
iv. Any lake.

Exclusions: The following situations are excluded from clauses 1 and 2:
I. Where the entry onto or passing across the bed of the water body is by horses that are being ridden or led.
II. Where the entry onto or passing across the bed of the water body is by a feral animal.



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