Catchment context, challenges and values

Catchment context, challenges and values ('catchment contexts') are how you link your farming or growing operation to the wai māori (freshwater) of the catchment you operate in. They are a key part of a freshwater farm plan, as you will need to identify the best actions to achieve the current environmental outcomes for your catchment.

The context is the key information about the catchment. Challenges are the threats and issues facing freshwater and the identified values in the catchment. The values are the things about the catchment that are important to the community.

This will include the following information relevant to the catchment:

  • Existing information on landforms, soil, climate, wai māori (freshwater), significant species and ecosystems, contaminants, and sites of significance to the local community
  • Information regarding tangata whenua, including iwi management plans where they exist
  • Freshwater rules and policies from relevant legislation, such as the One Plan, National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and Resource Management Act
  • What the community values in, and their visions for, their waterways (via links to freshwater management units).
The uniqueness of each catchment means each catchment context will be different. So too will each freshwater farm plan. That is how the system was designed to work, with farmers and growers encouraged to tailor their plans to improve wai māori (freshwater) for them and their communities in their part of the rohe (region) through actions on their farms.

Horizons is currently collating the data and information which will form catchment contexts. The Rangitīkei-Turakina catchment contexts are ready now, while others will be posted here as they are completed.

How to use Horizons' catchment contexts tool

We have developed a web-based tool so you can find the catchment context for your farming operation. This will make it easy to find the information you need for your freshwater farm plan.
  1. Click the box below to head to the web-based tool.
  2. Use the 'Search for address' bar to insert where you live. You can put in your address, a nearby significant landform (e.g. Mt Ruapehu) or town/village (e.g. Marton) - whatever is easiest for you.
  3. Click the 'View' option next to 'CCCV REPORT' to get a PDF version of the catchment context.

Click here to find your catchment context