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.
Programme milestones – He Waka Eke Noa
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.
Final decisions on agricultural emissions pricing are expected to be made by Cabinet in 2023.
Consultation documents are still available on the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE's) website.
Pricing agricultural emissions – MfE
He Waka Eke Noa provided its recommendations to Government on a system to price agricultural emissions in May 2022.
Emissions pricing recommendations – He Waka Eke Noa
The Government has also considered advice from the Climate Change Commission.
Advice to Government on agricultural emissions – Climate Change Commission
In December 2022, the Climate Change Minister and Agriculture Minister released a report outlining the Government’s system to price agricultural emissions, as an alternative to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
Pricing agricultural emissions – Report under section 215 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002
Find out more
For further information, including tools and answers to some common questions, visit He Waka Eke Noa
Who to contact
If you have questions about He Waka Eke Noa, email firstname.lastname@example.org