Southland Catchment Groups

Supporting Farmer-Driven Catchment Groups in Southland

The NZ Landcare Trust started a three-year project funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund in October 2017, to support Southland’s farmer-driven catchment groups with a part-time Project Coordinator. 

Over the past three years, Southland’s farmers and rural communities have been hard at work setting up catchment groups in Southland to look after their waterways, and get ready for future changes in policy and regulations.  Their aim is to raise awareness and educate people on how to improve water quality through Good Management Practices, and help communities identify what they can do to improve water quality in their catchment, and then do it.

Currently Southland has 17 catchment groups spread all over the region, which could expand up to 25 in time.  These groups have been set up and led by farmers.  Each group is its own unique entity, and has its own vision and goals for its area.  These Catchment Groups come together up to four times a year with other stakeholders, as the Southland Catchment Group Forum.

This Project is supported financially and in-kind by lots of local and regional organisations, including Beef+Lamb New Zealand, NZ Landcare Trust, Deer Farmers Association (Southland Branch), Deer Industry New Zealand, Environment Southland, Dairy NZ, rural professionals and catchment farmers.  It builds upon the previous work of many of these organisations, and NZLT's experience across the country on what makes farmer driven catchment based initiatives work. 



For more information about this project contact NZ Landcare Trust Project Coordinator Sarah Thorne


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A great podcast with Labour List MP Dr Liz Craig, Dr Jane Kitson and Richard Kyte (Rotarian and Southland Regional Manager for DairyNZ) and our own Sarah Thorne speaking about Southland's catchment groups helping to look after New River Estuary.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Aparima catchment groups recently hosted an amazing visit with Environment Minister David Parker - click here to read more.

Did you see our feature in EnviroSouth? The Three Rivers Group were featured, as well as Lynden and Sandra Prebble and their work in restoring the Castledown Wetlands near Dipton. Read it here.