Our land 2018

25 April 2018
Ministry for the Environment | Stats NZ
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The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have published a new report on land in New Zealand, Our land 2018.

Summary of the main findings:

  • Our soil is affected by erosion and intensive agriculture:
  • 192 million tonnes of soil are lost every year from erosion – 44 percent of this is from pasture.
  • Soil quality testing shows 2 out of 7 indicators give reason for concern, with 48 percent of tested sites outside the target range for phosphorus content and macroporosity.
  • Nearly 83 percent of our native birds, bats, reptiles, and frogs are classified as threatened or at risk of extinction (between 2010 and 2016).
  • 20 species of birds improved their conservation status (between 2012 and 2016).
  • As well as loss of native vegetation across the country, coastal and lowland habitats continued to reduce.

There have been significant shifts in land use in the last two decades:

    • 10 percent increase in the total size of our towns and cities (between 1996 and 2012).
    • 42 percent increase in the area of land used for dairy, and a 20 percent decrease in area used for sheep and beef (between 2002 and 2016).
    • shift in the past 15 years to higher numbers of animals farmed per hectare, especially in dairy.
    • net loss of 71,000 hectares of native land cover (between 1996 and 2012).
    • 7 percent decrease in total area of land in agricultural production (between 2002 and 2012)...

Read more. Stats NZ

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Last updated: 2018-04-24

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