On 16 November, the Auckland Unitary Plan rules requiring livestock on many rural properties, to be kept out of streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes in the Auckland region came into effect, Auckland Council reports. Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore says, “If you haven’t already started fencing your waterways, then it’s time to start. We know that by fencing our waterways and excluding stock, we make an important contribution to the improvement of water quality. “We encourage all rural landowners to become familiar with what is required.”