Authorised Land Use

Water quality in the Hekaeo/Hinds Catchment has deteriorated over the past 20 years.

MHV Water Ltd (MHV) hold a land use and discharge resource consent CRC183851 to manage the effects of nitrogen loss from shareholder properties and it includes a catchment nitrogen load limit. The catchment nitrogen load limit will decrease over time to comply with reduction targets set by Plan Change 2 of the Land and Water Regional Plan.

In order to ensure the scheme remains on track with meeting catchment water quality outcomes and compliance with their nitrogen discharge consent, MHV Water have developed processes to identify a property’s Authorised Land Use (ALU) and how they apply to vary that land use (Farm Activity Variation Application – FAVA) and these are captured in the Authorised Land Use Policy.

The Authorised Land Use will provide a greater degree of certainty for Shareholders detailing the maximum permitted land use parameters including;

  • Irrigated area
  • Winter grazing area
  • Stocking rate

Supplement use and fertiliser usage will also be documented.

If a Shareholder wishes to increase any of these parameters they will need to seek MHV approval by completing a Farm Activity Variation Application (FAVA).

The FAVA must demonstrate;

  • The change will not result in an increase in N losses greater than the Nitrogen Discharge Allowance (NDA);
  • The Property is able to meet anticipated reduction targets;
  • The Property does not rely on an unauthorised intensification on another property (e.g. move winter grazing somewhere else);
  • The variation does not have a negative impact on a sensitive receiving area ; and
  • The proposed variation aligns with the schemes overall objectives, including continuous improvement.

The Irrigo Environmental team is working on our behalf to compile Authorised Land Use documents for all properties receiving MHV water. This information is a culmination of information provided by shareholders/managers to the scheme through previous FEP updates and Nutrient Budgets. We anticipate that this will be a lengthy process, with an estimated completion date of December 2021.

In the meantime, if you are considering selling your property, but have not received your Authorised Land Use, please contact us. We will prioritise providing you this information.


Authorised Land Use policy

Authorised Land Use - Frequently Asked Questions

FAVA form



MHV Water Ltd
326 Burnett St
Ashburton 7700

Phone: +64 3 307 8389