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November 2015

Spring is here and although the weather is beginning to improve many of you will be faced with land too wet to cultivate.

Horizons recognise the challenges you may face with the combined effects of the June flood event and an uncertain dairy payout and we’re committed to working with you through this period. If you need any advice on Horizons related matters, please give the Dairy Team a call on 0508 800 800.

Along with Horizons there are a number of groups and organisations committed to helping farmers through this period. The Rural Support Trust encourages farmers, their families and farming communities to support each other. For free and confidential assistance call 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254) to speak to your local coordinator or visit

This edition of Dairy e-News includes information regarding the changes to this year’s dairy inspection season, currently being undertaken; nutrient management and the Overseer update-6.2; flowmeter installations and verifications; and the introduction of our new Consents Monitoring Officer Helene Low.

As always we appreciate any feedback or ideas that you can send our way. If you know of a friend or neighbour that you would like to be referred to this e-newsletter then please click here.

Bruce Gordon, Chairman


Special Wanganui flood edition

Across the Region is distributed to households on a quarterly basis with a district specific flavour. For this quarter we have put together a special Wanganui flood edition. 


10 things to do in our region this summer

We have some awesome spots in our Region that are perfect for summer activities - check out some of the options here.


Who is Civil Defence?

When disaster strikes, Civil Defence responds. But who is Civil Defence? In the Horizons Region, each Territorial Authority is responsible for Civil Defence at the local level with regional coordination via the Manawatu-Wanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. 


The buzz on riparian planting

There are many benefits to fencing and planting along waterways, not least an improvement to water quality. But, did you know you can also choose your vegetation to support bee populations? 


Section 36 charges

Horizons is responsible for managing our Region’s natural resources. Currently there are pressures on our freshwater resources - both in terms of its quantity and quality, caused by competing water demands from urban communities, industry, farming, recreation and instream users.  


Passenger Transport Committee, 17 November, 10am


Regional Council, 24 November, 10am


Audit, Risk and Investment Committee, 25 November, following workshop