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News,events and publications

2012 Effluent Expo


Council meetings, agendas and minutes

Monitoring our environment

Get the most current results from our regional air and water monitoring sites:

Rainfall levels

River levels

Groundwater levels

Water quality - Lake Taupo

Water quality - Waikato River

Water quality - other regional rivers and streams

Water temperatures

Air quality (fine particle levels)


Waikato Region Field day 2019

Come and visit Dennley Farms Limited - learn about creating value inside the farm gate, Minimising losses, Best management and more. Download the flyer here [PDF, 302 KB].

Publications and media

Smart-phone app

DairyNZ has recently released a new smart-phone app to help farmers apply effluent more efficiently. The Dairy Effluent Spreading Calculator app provides dairy farmers and effluent spreading contractors with guidance around nutrient application rates based on the depth and type of effluent they apply.

The app allows for nutrient application rates for dairy effluent to be easily calculated, based on a number of customisable inputs so effluent nutrients can be applied with greater precision.  Click on this link to find out more about the Dairy NZ smartphone app.


Click on the file below, and listen to our councillors Stu Kneebone and Norm Barker talking about land and water policy development on Radio New Zealand's Country Life programme.

What direction does the water flow.mp3 (Right click to download and play this mp3 file on your computer)

Farmcare newsletters

Read current and recent editions of Farmcare, our supplement magazine for the Waikato region's farming community.

Fertile Ground

Waikato Regional Council partnered up with AgResearch and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at Fieldays 2009 to support the premier feature  "My Land, Our Environment".  The agencies' joint stand "Fertile Ground" showcased a range of initiatives designed to help farmers be more profitable and environmentally sustainable. The displays included footage of how agencies and farmers are working together.  You can view the video footage.

Healthy Farms, Healthy Rivers updates and newsletters

Keep up to date with what's going on in your catchment area, with Healthy Farms, Healthy Rivers updates and newsletters.

Guides, manuals and factsheets

Farm management factsheets

A series of factsheets that can help you sustain a healthy farm and a healthy environment.

Best Management Practices for Growing Maize on Dairy Farms

Best management practices for growing maize on dairy farms
Published by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)

Looking after natural features on farms

Looking after natural features on farms: what should my first priortiy be? (1mb)


Guidance and documentation available through DairyNZ.

DairyNZ provides information on everything from designing and building effluent systems to management, operation and compliance. The goal of this is to maximise the reuse farm dairy effluent (FDE) nutrients on pasture, while minimising adverse impacts on the environment. 

Read the farm dairy effluent (FDE) design code of practice here

The dairy effluent code of practice was developed with input from Waikato Regional Council. This document is supported as the standard for a dairy effluent system. It guides designers through the process of developing a FDE system, from initial site investigation through to commissioning of the final system. It provides a general design approach, including lists of things that must be taken into consideration.

Institute of Professional Engineers - farm dairy effluent system design and construction

The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) and Dairy NZ have worked together to develop good practice guidelines for professional engineers and other technical specialists who are involved in the design and construction of farm dairy effluent systems.

Other publications on this website

Waikato Regional Council publications
The Waikato Regional Council produces a wide range of publications on issues in the Waikato region. Check out the full range of our guidelines, reports, policy documents, pamphlets and information sheets. Most of these publications can be freely downloaded from this website, and print copies can be made available.