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2 May 2002
Auckland, New Zealand - Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, the
Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (MAF), the Ministry for the
Environment (MfE) and Environment Waikato (representing regional
councils) have agreed to work together to achieve clean, healthy
water in dairying areas. Their goal is to minimise the impact of
dairying on New Zealand's streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands so
that they are suitable where appropriate for fish, drinking by stock
They agreed today to finalise an Action Plan, with clear
objectives and measurable performance targets, before the end of
this year. Priorities for the Action Plan will be fencing streams
and rivers, providing stock crossings at critical points, fencing
significant wetlands, appropriate disposal of dairy shed effluent
and managing nutrients applied to farms. The Action Plan will build
on existing industry and local government initiatives already
underway throughout the country.
Craig Norgate, Fonterra's Chief Executive, said the company was
focussed on performance on a broad basis and was committed to
leading the industry in minimising its impact on the environment.
"Fonterra's participation sends a strong message to the public
and to domestic and international consumers that environmental
management is an integral and important component of the dairy
industry," he said.
MAF's Larry Fergusson, MAF's Group Manager Policy, said the
expansion of the industry into regions not accustomed to dairying,
and the intensification of existing dairy farms, increased the
importance of effectively addressing impacts on water quality.
"We're pleased that Fonterra is taking a constructive approach to
the issue. Industry self-management will be more effective in
achieving positive environmental outcomes than reliance on a
rules-based regime imposed by regulatory agencies," he said.
Ray Salter, MfE's Acting Chief Executive, said his ministry was
looking for a strategic, cohesive partnership approach, and wider
stakeholders will be consulted.
Barry Harris, Environment Waikato's Chief Executive, said
regional councils have long supported the need for industry-led
initiatives. "We can support the industry through a whole range of
actions including education, incentives and advice. It's not enough
to rely on regulation alone."
The principles guiding the development of the Action Plan are
that it should:
Matthew Hooton Corporate Communications Fonterra, Co-operative Group Ltd, +64 9 2565404, +64 27 2310237
Chris Morrison, Corporate Communications, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, +64 4 4989806, +64 21 852559
Ray Salter, Acting Chief Executive Ministry for the Environment, +64 4 9177422
Barry Harris, Chief Executive, Environment Waikato, +64 7 8567184