What is He Waka Eke Noa?
He Waka Eke Noa is a partnership between government, the primary sector, and iwi/Māori to equip farmers and growers to measure, manage, and reduce on-farm agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. This is to enable sustainable food and fibre production for future generations.
The partnership’s work includes developing an effective system to price agricultural emissions from 2025.
He Waka Eke Noa is working towards all farmers and growers:
- knowing their greenhouse gas emissions numbers
- having a written plan to manage greenhouse gas emissions
- being supported to adapt to climate change.
How this will be achieved
By 2025, all farms will need to have a written plan in place to measure and manage their agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Milestones have been set to help achieve the goal. They include:
- All farms are required to know their annual total on-farm emissions by 31 December 2022.
- A pilot of a farm-level accounting and reporting system will be completed by 1 January 2024 across a range of farm types.
- All farms will have a written plan in place to measure and manage emissions by 1 January 2025.
- A system for farm-level accounting and reporting of 2024 agricultural greenhouse gas emissions at farm level will be in use by all farms by 1 January 2025.
The milestones for He Waka Eke Noa, as well as provisions to determine whether progress is being made, are legislated through the Climate Change Response Act 2002.
Who is involved
He Waka Eke Noa is a made up of 13 partners, including key primary sector organisations, Māori agribusiness interests, and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
The partnership is led by a steering group and supported by a small programme office.
The Government plans to introduce a farm-level levy on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2025.
It released its proposals in early October 2022. The consultation period ended on 18 November 2022.
Once submissions have been considered, final proposals will go to ministers for approval in early 2023.
Consultation documents are still available on the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE's) website.
He Waka Eke Noa provided its recommendations to Government on a system to price agricultural emissions in May 2022.
The Government has also considered advice from the Climate Change Commission.
Find out more
For further information, including tools and answers to some common questions, visit He Waka Eke Noa
Who to contact
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