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On-farm sustainability.

Supporting on-farm sustainability.

Since 2016 the Central Plains Water Limited Environmental Team has used an evidence-based approach, guiding farmers to implement sustainable farming practices that align with local government regulations. Every farm on the CPWL scheme has an independently audited Farm Environmental Plan (FEP) that helps to build a bridge between the environment the farm is located within and the farm system – identifying risks, recording how soil, nutrients, pasture and stock are managed, providing a holistic view of the entire farm system.

Impacts at scale.

While CPWL irrigates approximately 46,000 hectares of land, the CPWL environmental team actively manages FEPs across approximately 71,000 hectares of farmland. It is this unique catchment-wide approach that ensures improved environmental outcomes at a meaningful scale.

Outcomes focused.

With a focus on outputs and working closely with farmers, the CPWL Environmental Team assists with the preparation of FEP audits while providing technical advice. Including issues such as sediment runoff and waterway and nutrient management – ensuring farmers are well-informed to make solid management decisions supported by data.

Environmental outcomes.

  • 100% of CPWL farms have an FEP
  • 94 % of CPWL farms have an A or B-grade audit
  • 29% reduction of nitrogen below the plant root zone from CPWL farms

Shareholder stories

Twin River Dairy Farm

Twin River Dairy Farm.

Wetland and riparian planting significantly improve water quality.
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Teamwork at Terracefields.

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Nourishing a nation and enhancing an environment.

Solid foundations for future farming success.
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Blackhills – CPWL Balance MitAgator Risk Maps.

Reduced contamination for the Selwyn and Te Waihora catchment.
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John Austin – CPWL Balance MitAgator Risk Maps.

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Midway Enterprises – CPWL Balance MitAgator Risk Maps.

Reduced contamination for the Selwyn and Te Waihora catchment.
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McKavanaghs – CPWL Balance MitAgator Risk Maps.

Reduced contamination for the Selwyn and Te Waihora catchment.
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Two Gheckos – CPWL Balance MitAgator Risk Maps.

Reduced contamination for the Selwyn and Te Waihora catchment.
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The Allan Pye Journey.

Championing the Central Plains Water Scheme.
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Cookson Land Company

Enhanced wildlife corridors and a community classroom.
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Morchard Farm.

Habitat diversification supports wind reduction.
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Van der Salm Farming.

A thriving wildlife corridor and improved vegetation cover.
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Essendon Farm.

A significant increase in living organisms, promotes healthy crops.
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Waikirikiri Farm.

Considered native planting supported by Te Ara Kākāriki.
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Scarlett Farm.

Water security provides the opportunity to prioritise sustainability.
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Willowmere Hororata.

Improved ecological function and an optimal habitat for Kōwaro.
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Waterford Dairy Farm Limited

Waterford Dairy Farm Limited.

Native regeneration to protect and care for the land and waterways.
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Together, with our shareholders and the community, we share a vision for restored biodiversity across the Canterbury Plains. Learn about the long-term collaborative impact.

Our impact
Key Environmental Activity

Key environmental activity.

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Harnessing nature, preserving our environment

Mountains to sea.

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Environmental Management Fund

Environmental Management Fund.

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Supporting Wildlife

Supporting wildlife.

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