We need to think differently about how we use our land to protect our environment and economy for the future.
We’re already on the journey, with innovation and good management practices underway in both our rural and urban environments.
Trends shaping the future of farming
Local and global trends and pressures including environmental pressures will impact the future of farming in New Zealand.
In this video, KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness Ian Proudfoot talks about some of these pressures and what farmers should be planning for now to ensure a sustainable future.
Designing for water quality at Hobsonville Point
A development at Hobsonville Point is designed to minimise the impact of urban living on the environment.
It features some great examples of how green infrastructure can support good urban water quality.
Hamilton’s urban wetland
Developer Ian Patton created a wetland in his Glaisdale development in Hamilton to prevent flooding and support good urban water quality.
Here he and Hamilton City Council stormwater expert Andrea Phillips talk about the benefits of wetlands in urban developments.
Sustainable land use in the Manawatu-Whanganui region
Protecting communities from floods and keeping swimming holes clean are just some of the benefits of a 10-year programme to reduce soil erosion.
Dr Jon Roygard from Horizons Regional Council explains what has been done and how the whole region is behind the sustainable land-use initiative.
Environmental action on dairy farms
The dairy industry is taking action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality and support biodiversity.
This video explores some of the actions environmentally-aware farmers are taking now, and how our dairy farmers can develop good management practices for the future.
Precision agriculture for better economic and environmental outcomes
Craige Mackenzie, AgriOptics chief executive and arable farmer, talks about precision agriculture.
It uses technology to improve farm productivity while reducing the carbon footprint of farming and the impact on waterways.
Gisborne community takes action for water quality
Gisborne’s iconic Rere Falls is a popular recreational spot on the Wharekopae River. However in recent years E coli contamination has compromised swimming at the site.
Local farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, the Gisborne District Council and the Ministry have collaborated to help bring water quality up to a swimmable standard by improving practices on the farms along the river.