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North Otago




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Welcome to NOSLaM

NOSLaM (North Otago Sustainable Land Management) is a group driven by farmers keen to improve water quality and promote good pastoral management. The farmers wish to take a proactive leadership role in managing waterways, such as the Kakanui River, to ensure that a holistic approach is taken, encompassing the environmental, economic and social wellbeing of the wider community.

NOSLaM members work together to develop a platform that will encourage and engage all farmers within North Otago to work collaboratively and collectively toward meeting the regulated water quality standard requirements that come into effect in 2020.

Today NOSLaM is actively involved throughout North Otago including the Awamoko, WaiarekaKakanui, Lower Waitaki and Hampton / Moeraki Catchment areas  - with groups of farmers (known as ‘Pods’) working together to identify and implement improved, smarter land and water management techniques.

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Jobs For Nature
At the start of Covid 19  the government put in place the Jobs For Nature program, a program designed to work with catchment groups over a 3 year period to:

  • provide jobs and economic support while ensuring environmental benefits and to...

  • get money and support as quickly as possible to people and communities to assist the COVID-19 recovery.


NOSLaM identified Jobs For Nature as an opportunity to access financial support for a lengthy project that fell in line with our On Farm Change Strategy of Proactively engaging with farmers to promote GMP and education around environmental farming practices.


Given our core purpose is to educate, assist and encourage our farming community to farm in conjunction with sustainable land management objectives and practices, we successful applied for funding  and directed our attention to addressing  Critical Source Areas. This enabled us to by engage with multiple farmers through the development of multiple sites targeting specific and / or potential issues.


As a result of Jobs For Nature, not only have we put revenue into our local community by supporting our local nurseries and other businesses and providing employment, environmentally our teams planted 31 sites encompassing over 8 hectares of land with over 41,800 plants all of which has been protected with almost 12km of new fencing.


To have an environment that we are proud of,

a vibrant community and

strong agriculture in North Otago.

Click here to read our booklet -
"Land, Water and 2020 - How Will You Be Affected?
An Introduction to NOSLaM"

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