Wine Industry

The wine industry is a major agricultural industry that is characterised by a growing range of operational activities. The nature and scale of these operations have the potential to not only affect adjacent land uses, but also to be affected by them.

This guidance note identifies and discusses five key resource management issues and related effects that are associated with the wine industry.

The guidance note focuses on the approaches applied in district plans to address these resource management issues and identifies relevant examples. Approaches applied in regional plans to address particular issues, such as the use of agrichemical sprays, water allocation and use, and waste management are also discussed. 

This guidance note was initiated by New Zealand Winegrowers, in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment and Local Government New Zealand, as a way of promoting best practice to deal with the complex range and scale of resource management issues connected with the wine industry. Development of the guidance note involved three distinct stages:

  • identification and confirmation of key issues affecting the wine industry
  • preparation of draft guidance material, and
  • peer review.

The primary issues associated with the wine industry were identified through discussions with local authority practitioners and members of New Zealand Winegrowers; these were confirmed at the 'Planning for the Wine Industry' conference held in November 2006. Draft guidance material was subsequently prepared and circulated for comment to conference participants. Based on these comments, a revised draft was prepared and considered by a group of planning practitioners, local authority and winegrower representatives at a workshop held in May 2007. Feedback from workshop participants was used towards a final draft that was peer reviewed by the Quality Planning editorial panel and three experienced local authority practitioners.

This guidance note was updated in 2014.