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Farm Plans (FEMP)

What is a Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP)?

A Farm Environmental Management Plan (FEMP) summarises environmental risks that have been identified on a property and explains how those risks will be managed in line with the legal requirements set out in Plan Change 6.

Do I need one?

Yes, if you own 4ha or more of productive land in the Tukituki catchment. However, if you have a low intensity farm, you only need a farm plan if your property is over 10 ha.

What is a low intensity farm?

It means a farm property or farming enterprise between 4 and 10 ha that contains no more than 8 stock units per hectare (this is defined on our Stock Exclusion page), and includes permanent horticultural and viticultural crops (such as orchards, vineyards) and lifestyle properties; but does not include:

a) Properties used for the production of rotational vegetable crops;
b) Dairy farms;
c) Grazed forage crops.

If you believe that your property meets the definition of a low intensity farm, then please complete the online form below. This will enable the regional council to establish a record of those properties that don't require a farm plan, and therefore don't need to be followed up by compliance.

Low Intensity Farm Form

When do I need to do a farm plan by?

31 May 2018

What does my plan need to include?

Your FEMP needs to include all of the items listed in Schedule XXII of the Tukituki Plan, which is available here. When you receive a draft of your FEMP from your FEMP provider it would be a good idea to check your plan against this list to make sure your plan includes everything it needs to. 

Who can do a farm plan for me?

A FEMP must be completed and signed off by a suitably qualified rural professional. This is to ensure that the FEMP submitted is both compliant and that the right advice has been given to ensure water quality aims are met. It is up to each landowner who they get to assist them with their FEMP, but to make sure affected landowners are getting the service that they deserve, HBRC has developed an initial approval process for FEMP providers. This  involves HBRC staff and external expertise reviewing FEMPs and liaising with FEMP providers on the quality of their product.

FEMP APPCMYK300ppi2Approved FEMP Providers

The following providers have so far met the standards and procedures required.

Colin Stace

Company: Opus
Mobile: 21 526 030

Colin is a senior consultant at Opus Rural who is highly experienced in land management and farm planning. Colin’s focus is working with landowners to produce prioritised and flexible plans that meet Council requirements, while providing landowners with a level of choice and control. He believes that FEMP’s can add resilience to the farm enterprise and enhance asset value.

Peter Taylor

Company: The Catalyst Group
Mobile: 022 152 9434

Peter is an experienced farm environmental management plan (FEMPs) provider with over 50 plans completed within the Tukituki catchment. He can take the worry out of the process for you and make it straight-forward and cost effective. Importantly, he will give you a competently prepared FEMP which will set you up with confidence for the future.

Emma Buchanan

Company: Soter Rural Compliance
Mobile: 027 438 7055

Emma is the owner of Waipukurau-based Soter Rural Compliance, giving farms a local, practical, cost effective and HBRC Approved option for their Farm Environmental Management Plans. The Soter team provide nutrient budgets, Farm Environmental Management Plans, LUC remapping, and Dairy NZ Sustainable Milk Plans.

Christina Finlayson

Company: Balance Farm Sustainability Services
Mobile: 0800 222 090

Growing up on a fifth-generation dairy farm in Matamata, Christina kindled her passion for farming communities and the environments they steward. Christina joined Ballance in 2015 and is the North Island Team Leader of Farm Sustainability Services. Between developing her team, engaging industry groups, and preparing Farm Environment Plans – Christina loves the diversity her role provides.

Lilian Sherman

Company: Irricon
Mobile: 021 378 308

Lilian has a sheep, beef and deer farming background and a practical knowledge of farming systems. A Rural Environmental Specialist and Director at Irricon Resource Solutions, Lilian believes farmers are custodians of the land and combines her passion for farming with a wealth of nutrient management and environmental expertise to assist farmers to make good decisions about the resources that they rely on for business success.

Colin Tyler

Company: Ravensdown
Mobile: 021 529 146

Colin is the Principal Consultant-Environmental at Ravensdown. Colin grew up and still lives in rural Hawke’s Bay and believes that understanding farming and farmers is the key to helping them adjust to environmental regulations. In his view farm plans are a way for farmers to documenting the excellent environmental work they have already done while also demonstrating what they are willing to do in the future.

Lachie Grant

Company: LandVision Ltd
Mobile: 021526478

LandVision Ltd are arguably the most experienced farm planners in the country having undertaken plans for over 700,000 ha of farmland. Their plans are based on paddock scale soil and LUC mapping which is more reliable than regional scale information and puts some real science behind decision making. Not only are LandVision plans able to be used for compliance but they are also production enhancing.

Lochie MacGillvray

Company: AgFirst
Mobile: 027 448 6501

Lochie is a farm management consultant with AgFirst who works with farmers to develop farm plans that provide both financial and environmental benefits. He has been farming and farm consulting for over thirty years and can relate to the management constraints that farms may have. His farm plans take into account these factors and he works with farmers to develop tailored FEMPs.

Sarah Sexton

Company: Ravensdown
Mobile: 021796881

Sarah is passionate about the agricultural industry, having grown up on sheep and beef properties in Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay. For the past 6 years, she has worked for Ravensdown in central Waikato where she has developed excellent understanding of a range of farming systems. Sarah thoroughly enjoys working with farmers to maximise their business productivity, whilst meeting nutrient and environmental considerations.

Courtney Mitchell

Company: Ravensdown
Phone: 021703292

I am originally from a sheep and beef farming background in the Manawatu which has instilled my passion for the agricultural sector. With an interest in farming myself, I can relate to landowners and the challenges they face in meeting environmental constraints within their farm business, and this is key to my role as a Farm Environmental Consultant. My aim is better inform landowners of their role in on farm environmental sustainability, working with them to create solutions that meet environmental regulations, whilst ensuring business productivity is maximised into the future.

Paul Smith

Company: Abron
Phone: 027 442 1333

Jess Hughes

Company: AgFirst
Phone: 027 533 2939

Nouman Kyamanywa

Company: Ravensdown
Phone: 021831505


Other suitably qualified providers are also working towards being Approved, but can still complete FEMPs under HBRC supervision:  






Contact Details



Groundstock Ltd Daniel Elms
027 427 9845
Goodman Rural Steve Goodman
027 512 1066
LandVision Ltd Doug Benn
LandVision Ltd Suzie Le Cren
06 348 8199
Abron Briar Kay
021 734 216
Lorentz Agrology Peter Lorentz
021 900 354
Landpro Kathryn Hooper
027 759 2044
LoganStone Jay Sorensen
027 498 9932
LoganStone Hayley Mortleman
Opus  Anne-Maree Jolly
027 562 9942
AgFirst Erica van Reenen
06 929 4557
AgFirst Alesha Cooper
AgFirst Leander Archer
027 817 0600
Rural Directions Advisory Services             Ian Millner
027 496 6380
Rural Directions Advisory Services                   Grant Bickley
027 200 1601
Crowe Horwath Sean Bennett
06 858 5565
Crowe Horwath Shelley Nairn
06 858 5545


Phil Tither

David Reynolds

David Reynolds


Industry Groups are also playing a role in trying to help their levy payers meets the requirements around FEMPs by providing templates that can be used to help prepare a farm plan. This provides a lower (not no) cost option for completing an FEMP. This process is not appropriate for all types of farming operations, but if you are interested in exploring this option, please ring the contacts below to discuss it. Please note that for an FEMP to be acceptable to HBRC, a suitably qualified rural professional must visit your farm and confirm that your FEMP is fit for purpose. There is likely to be a cost associated with this.

Beef and Lamb Mark Harris
027 577 9991
Dairy NZ Adam Duker
027 226 5334
FAR Diana Mathers
027 544 2236

You need a nutrient budget as part of your farm plan. There is likely to be a cost associated with this. The same person might be able to do both for you. If not, have a look at our Nutrient Budgeting page.

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