Intensive Winter Grazing (IWG) Regulations

Friday 15 December, 2023

National context – In accordance with the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F), new national IWG requirements came into force on 1 November 2022, introducing regulations around what can be done as a ‘Permitted Activity’ and what needs a Resource Consent.

Regional context – Due to Cyclone Gabrielle, the Freshwater Farm Plan rollout (FWFP) in Te Tairawhiti has been delayed. It is now expected to be in 2025. Until the framework for FWFP’s is in place, Gisborne District Council will provide three regulatory pathways for farmers to undertake their IWG activities –

  1. meet all Permitted Activity standards;
  2. apply for a Deemed Permitted Activity; or
  3. apply for a Resource Consent.

Additional information – 

Where to get help – 

We know these changes can be confusing, and we’re here to help. If you have any questions regarding IWG rules, practices or the pathways within our region, please call us (0800 653 800 / (06) 867 2049) or send us an email ( with your specific queries, and we’ll get back to you with advice.

More information is here: Intensive winter grazing | Gisborne District Council (