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Good Management Practice

Good Management Practice

Updated 17 September 2021 3:21pm

Good Management Practice is defined as “Practices, procedures or tools that are effective at achieving the desired performance while providing for desired environmental outcomes. Good management practice evolves through time and results in continuous improvement as new information, technology and awareness of particular issues are developed and disseminated”.

Current GMP guidelines and documents referred to in the Proposed Plan can be found here.  Wellington Regional Council will continue to develop GMP in collaboration with industry, other relevant organisations and stakeholders to support the implementation of policies which rely on GMP to achieve the desired environmental outcomes. 

As new GMP guidelines and documents are developed they will be added to this site.

Good Management Practice links

Action Plan for Water Quality

Good Farming Practice Action Plan published in 2018 jointly by Beef + Lamb, DairyNZ, Horticulture New Zealand, Federated Farmers, Irrigation New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for the Environment and supported by Regional Councils

Action Plan for Water Quality Summary

Agrichemicals & fumigants

"NZS 8409:2004" by Standards New Zealand

Agricultural industry activities

Industry-agreed Good Management Practices relating to water quality, Version 2 18 September 2015

Biofouling cleaning guidelines

"Anti-fouling and in-water cleaning guidelines" by DAFF


Guidelines for the Safe Application of Biosolids to Land in New Zealand, New Zealand Water & Wastes Association (NZWWA), August 2003

Break-feeding/winter grazing

Break Fed Wintering by DairyNZ

Forage Crop Grazing by Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Cultivation and breakfeeding

"Non-Inversion Agronomy" by FAR

"Reducing the impacts of winter grazing on soil and water quality" by GWRC


Culvert and bridge construction: Guidelines for farmers by MfE

Dairy effluent

"Dairy effluent guidelines" by GWRC

Domestic fires

"Good practice guide for operating wood burners" by Tasman District Council

"Warmer Cheaper" by Environment Canterbury

"Webpage on home fires" by Waikato Regional Council

Erosion and sediment control

"Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines for the Wellington Region" by GWRC


Code of Practice for the Placement of Fertiliser in New Zealand August 2020, New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council

Hazardous substances

Hazardous Substances by EPA

Industrial air discharges

"Good practice guide for assessing discharges to air from industry" by MfE

Good practice guide for assessing and managing odour by MfE

"Webpage on industrial emissions" by Waikato Regional Council

Nutrient management – rural

"Industry-agreed Good Management Practices" by FAR, New Zealand Pork, DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb, Horticulture NZ, Deer Industry NZ

Outdoor burning

"Good practice guide to outdoor burning" by Tasman District Council

"Learn how to burn smoke free"

“Water sensitive urban design for stormwater: Treatment Device Design Guideline”

"Webpage on outdoor burning" by Waikato Regional Council

Plantation forestry

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) guidance by MPI

Riparian management

"Getting riparian planting right in the Wellington Region"by DairyNZ

Rural landuse

Land and Environment Planning by Beef+Lamb NZ

"Webpage on farm practices" by Deer Industry NZ


"Best Practice Subdivision and Development Guide" by Kapiti Coast District Council

"Low impact urban design and development (LIUDD) Stormwater guidelines (2012)by Kapiti Coast District Council

“Water sensitive urban design for stormwater: Treatment Device Design Guideline” by Wellington Water Limited

"Water sensitive urban design guide"  by Wellington City Council

Wastewater discharges from vessels

"Sewage systems for recreational boats" by MfE


Watercourse Categorisation Guidance Document