OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Environmental responsibility is a fundamental part of NOIC’s business and we aim to be a leader in environmentally sustainable irrigation development in New Zealand. With this in mind, NOIC will strive to:
- Meet all applicable legal requirements, including the conditions of our Resource Consents;
- Promote responsible and efficient use of water through research, education, technological innovation, and if required, our own enforcement actions;
- Drive continual improvement in environmental performance through our Environmental Farm Plan System, including our annual environmental audit process;
- Ensure our shareholders are aware of their environmental responsibilities and support them in achieving the required standards;
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Otago Regional Council, Waitaki District Council, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, industry partners and the local community;
- Engage regularly with people affected by our operations and have processes available to address concerns associated with irrigation, including a complaint investigation process;
- Fully integrate environmental considerations into any new irrigation development or expansion of the scheme;
- Regularly review our environmental performance and report our progress to Otago Regional Council, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, our shareholders and the local community;
- Take opportunities to enhance biodiversity values wherever possible within our operation; and
- Understand, uphold and respect cultural heritage, in particular respecting tangata whenua values in relation to water, the natural environment and other taonga.
LATEST NEWS - NOIC INNOVATION FUND NOW AVAILABLE
In order to achieve the best outcomes for our North Otago environment, NOIC believes new farming innovations may be necessary. If you are thinking about trying a new idea to improve water quality on your farm, talk to us. We are keen to help you out with information, planning and funding for the right projects.
We don’t want to limit innovation so the criteria for funding are not prescriptive.
To qualify, projects must:
- Be innovative and new to the North Otago area
- Have potential to be environmentally beneficial
- Priority will be given to a focus on water quality improvement.
Call Environmental Manager Dylan Robertson on 021 0486 253 to discuss and apply
It is NOIC's goal to work with the community to address any issues associated with their scheme. Read more....
The Irrigation Code of Practice provides guidance on the irrigation industry's expectation of acceptable standards of irrigation design to irrigation designers, irrigation owners, and operators. Read more....
FARM ENVIRONMENT PLAN RECORD KEEPING TEMPLATES (PDF versions)
- NOIC Farm Environment Plan
- Dairy Farm Effluent Management training Maintenance Record
- Effluent Application Records
- Irrigation Scheduling Record Sheet
- Soil Compaction Check
- Template for Recording Fertilizer Applications
- The Bucket Test
- Kakanui Community Catchment Project Case Study - James McNally
- Kakanui Community Catchment Project Case Study - Bryce Burnett
- Kakanui Community Catchment Project Case Study - Tim Fox
- Farmers Weekly Case Study - Lyndon and Jane Strang