The 'farms online' website is a one-stop-shop for accurate up-to-date contact details for rural properties in New Zealand. FarmsOnLine gives MPI instant access to information so it can respond quickly to a biosecurity alert or natural disaster, minimising potential damage and costs.

How to register

If you're associated with a farm or rural lifestyle property, we encourage you to register as a user on the FarmsOnLine website. FarmsOnLine provides a hub for rural information that is vital in a disease outbreak, like foot-and-mouth disease, or rural emergencies, like floods. Improving MPI response times in such events will reduce the impact these events can have on farmers’ livelihoods and potentially the New Zealand economy.

Once registered, it's critical to keep your information up to date. You can do that on the FarmsOnline website or by calling 0800 43 65 69 (0800 4 FOLNZ).

FarmsOnLine is voluntary. However, by allowing your personal details to be used, you will be supporting vital biosecurity initiatives. At any time you will have the right to request that your personal information be removed from the database.

FarmsOnLine helps farmers

FarmsOnLine is a government-owned information database. It collects important information about rural properties, including:

  • ownership and management
  • land use
  • stock and crops.

Collecting information on rural properties is essential for a quick response to a biosecurity outbreak or natural disaster. The information helps:

  • surveillance programmes
  • the development of rural policy
  • support biosecurity programmes run by a range of government and industry organisations.

A fast response minimises potential damage

FarmsOnLine allows MPI to respond quickly to a serious biosecurity outbreak or natural disaster and aims to minimise potential damage.

Being able to contact rural landowners in these situations protects stock, crops, farmers' livelihoods and the New Zealand economy.

FarmsOnLine gives New Zealand’s trading partners increased confidence in our ability to respond to disease outbreaks. It also reduces the likelihood of trade restrictions that could cost us millions of dollars a day.

FarmsOnLine and the National Identification Tracing Scheme

National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) identifies and records the movements of individual animals from property to property. FarmsOnLine supplies the contact and location details of the farms, which is essential to support NAIT.

Find out more

Download the MPI Privacy Impact Assessment report [PDF, 910 KB]

Last reviewed: | Has this been useful? Give us your feedback