Rural Advice

Horizons’ Rural Advice team is on hand to provide advice and practical solutions to all farmers in our Region. In particular, our team specialise in helping farmers improve effluent and nutrient efficiency on your farm. This includes effluent discharge consenting and compliance requirements as well as advice on waterway management and nutrient management planning.

Although the team have traditionally worked largely in the dairy sector, they are also happy to work with other agricultural or horticultural sectors to help improve efficiency, productivity and profitability in our Region. This includes the development of best practice guidelines and assistance at various field and training days. Please contact the team on toll free 0508 800 800 for advice around any of these issues and they will be in touch.

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Tips and tools

There is a Dairy Effluent Storage Calculator available online that accounts for the impact of factors affecting the quantity of storage required on a dairy farm to successfully practice irrigation. Our rural advice team would like to remind farmers to use this tool when planning storage upgrades or calculating the volume of workable storage required for a dairy effluent discharge consent.

There are also a number of helpful factsheets available on the Consents Monitoring – Rural page such as an irrigator depth quick test guide and top tips for dairy compliance. And remember, if you’re after something that isn’t provided here, give the team a call on toll free 0508 800 800.

District Advice

Horizons’ district advice coordinator provides natural hazards information to the public and territorial authorities in our Region. The most common advice sought is around the risk of flooding and this information is used to guide development in areas that may be at risk.

The Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) is an independent government body which regulates the real estate agent sector in New Zealand. The REAA website includes information on what you need to know when buying or selling property.

Information requests

Our district advice coordinator can provide useful information such as:

  • Hazard information and flood history to inform sale or purchase of property;
  • Whether a property was recorded as being affected by previous flood events;
  • Advice on flood inundation levels when building a new dwelling or extension (this may be required by a city or district council as information for a building consent); and
  • Facts for insurance purposes.
This is a free service and can be made via our freephone number 0508 800 800 or by email. Please provide as much property infor,ation in addition to the postal address so the exact property can be located (legal description or valuation numbers are very useful). For further information about flood hazards in the Region please see the factsheet below.

Flood Hazards and the One Plan

District Advice and the One Plan

Horizons’ One Plan aims to discourage houses, businesses, community facilities and infrastructure being in locations that are likely to be inundated during a 1 in 200 year flood event.

However, as the One Plan only contains flood hazard policies, not rules, our role is to provide city and district councils, as building consent authorities, with useful data to help with decision making around plan changes and subdivision development. This includes flood hazard information and floor level recommendations.

The final decision on any subdivision or building consent application lies with those councils. In cases where flood hazards can’t be avoided, we work with city and district councils to consider flood mitigation measures. We also provide advice on any resource consents that may be required from us.


If you own a dam or canal, or are planning to construct, modify or remove a dam, canal or structure associated with a dam, you will need to consider whether you need a consent. Horizons is responsible for dam activities within the Region and our district advice coordinator is available to assist with consent applications.  For more information on this service please see the factsheet below.

Lodge a request


This document will tell you all you need to know about lodging a request for hazard information in regards to a property. 

Dam factsheet


Before undertaking any work to do with a dam or canal please read this factsheet.

This application form, applicant declaration form, and competencies questionnaire is designed to collect information to support the selection process for employment with Horizons. Please complete the application form in full in addition to providing your CV and covering letter.

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 for the purpose of assessing your suitability for employment with Horizons Regional Council. If your application is successful, this form, together with any supporting documentation, will be retained on your personal file. If your application is unsuccessful your application and supporting documentation will be retained for 12 months after which time it will be confidentially destroyed. You have the right of access to any personal information and to request any correction you think necessary to ensure its accuracy.

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We may contact referees to verify the information you provide as part of the application process. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is your manager/supervisor from your current or most recent employer. Referee checks are generally conducted at the final stage of the selection process and we will inform you prior to contacting your current employer.

By signing this application form you are giving permission for Horizons to seek verbal or written information about you from the referees nominated below, and authorise the information to be released to those involved in the selection process. Please note that referee reports will remain confidential to Horizons Regional Council and will not normally be available to you.


Competencies Assessment

This form is intended to assess your competence against specific Horizons behaviours and values. Please complete using up to date and relevant examples.

Health Declaration and Criminal Offences Declaration

Please note that your responses to the questions on this form will only be considered to the extent that they affect the position applied for. If you are offered employment with Horizons Regional Council, the offer may be made subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical examination (at the expense of Horizons Regional Council). Any false or misleading information given in relation to your medical history, can result in you being ineligible for work-related injury compensation, including the loss of entitlement for any compensation from ACC, and may lead to the termination of your employment.

Criminal Convictions, Traffic Offences, and Charges Pending

The declaration of a criminal conviction or traffic offence will not necessarily impact on your suitability for employment.  Any convictions and/or offences declared will be considered in the first instance by the People & Capability Department against Horizons Regional Council criteria in line with the job description for the position you are applying for.

You may also be required to undergo a criminal history check through the Department of Courts as part of the recruitment process.  Please note that any false or misleading information given in relation to the questions asked below may result in the termination of your employment.

Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004

To be protected by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, you must meet all conditions in Section 7 of the Act (set out as a summary below), before your convictions can be withheld. Convictions not meeting these requirements should be declared on this form.

You must have:

  • No convictions within the last seven years; and
  • Never been sentenced to a custodial sentence, eg. imprisonment, corrective training, borstal; and
  • Never been ordered by a Court following a criminal case to be detained in a hospital due to your medical condition, instead of being sentenced; and
  • Not been convicted of a “specified offence” (eg. sexual offending against children and young people or the mentally impaired); and
  • Paid in full any fine, reparation, or cost ordered by the court in a criminal case; and
  • Never been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 Land Transport Act 1998, or earlier equivalent provision.
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