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He Waka Eke Noa is in year three of a five-year programme that will equip farmers and growers with the information, tools and support they need to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.

Partners are working with farmers and growers on practical solutions to:

  • Reduce Aotearoa’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions
  • Recognise on-farm carbon sequestration
  • Adapt to a changing climate

This programme of work includes developing an appropriate on-farm pricing system, and talking with farmers and growers about the options as we progress.



Milestones for the programme

By the end of 2021
  • 25% of our farms know their annual total on-farm greenhouse gas emissions.*
  • 25% of our farms have a written plan in place to measure and manage their emissions.

*A person responsible for farm management holds a documented annual total of on-farm greenhouse gas emissions, by methods and definitions accepted by the He Waka Eke Noa Steering Group.

Sector partners start targeted engagement before the February nationwide engagement with farmers and growers.

February and March 2022

Partners will share pricing recommendation options with farmers and growers around the country.

  • Recognise on-farm sequestration (long-term storage of carbon in trees, for example)
  • Understand what pricing system could be applied by 2025 and what it means for their farms
  • Farmers and growers can submit their thoughts on the recommendations.
June 2022

He Waka Eke Noa presents pricing system recommendations to Ministers.

By the end of 2022

100% of farms know their GHG number

By the end of 2023

A pilot project, testing a system for farm level accounting and reporting of emissions, has been completed.

In 2025

All farms have a written plan in place to measure and manage their greenhouse gas emissions.

The on-farm pricing system, including sequestration, is up and running.

You can download single page overviews of our work programme and structure here:

He Waka Eke Noa 5-year programme >

He Waka Eke Noa structure >


We have teams working on a series of topics. Each team will be seeking input from farmers and growers as they progress their work.

The topics are:

Farm planning

Developing Good Farming Practice Principles for greenhouse gases that consider mitigation, sequestration, adaptation and adverse events - and integrating these principles with other environmental and farm business guidance and requirements.

Emissions reporting

Developing criteria, methodologies and definitions for calculating on-farm emissions and a system for farm-level emissions accounting and reporting.

On-farm sequestration

Sequestration is the long- term storage of carbon, for example in trees or soil. This workstream is focussed on designing a simple and cost-effective mechanism that incentivises on-farm carbon sequestration from sources that do not currently qualify under the ETS.

Emissions pricing

Design a practical and cost-effective pricing mechanism that is part of a broader framework to support on-farm practice change.

Māori agribusiness

A cross-connecting workstream that integrates Māori perspectives into He Waka Eke Noa to ensure relevance and delivery to Māori farmers, landowners, and land entities.


Alignment of partner extension programmes with the goals and milestones of He Waka Eke Noa.
Recognising the good work of early adopters and innovation on-farm.
Programme Timeline Topics