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Table 12.5: Native land cover by land environment, and legally protected native land cover, 2006, within each land environment

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Land environment Total area (hectares) of land environment Percentage of total land area (%) Area (hectares) of land environment with native land cover Percentage of land environment with native land cover (%) Area (hectares) of native land cover with legal protection Percentage of native land cover with legal protection (%)

A – Northern lowlands

1,849,768

7.05

337,759

18.26

84,754

25.09

B – Central dry lowlands

691,023

2.64

70,437

10.19

6,526

9.26

C – Western and southern North Island lowlands

636,039

2.43

27,014

4.25

5,783

21.41

D – Northern hill country

2,100,703

8.01

927,561

44.15

469,804

50.65

E – Central dry foothills

1,323,134

5.05

591,154

44.68

229,675

38.85

F – Central hill country and Volcanic Plateau

5,241,257

19.99

1,901,125

36.27

999,483

52.57

G – Northern recent soils

336,969

1.28

56,205

16.68

18,274

32.51

H – Central sandy recent soils

135,305

0.52

47,804

35.33

31,187

65.24

I – Central poorly drained soils

120,999

0.46

6,159

5.09

2,390

38.80

J – Central well-drained recent soils

292,689

1.12

20,779

7.10

3,277

15.77

K – Central upland recent soils

160,758

0.61

63,831

39.71

19,936

31.23

L – Southern lowlands

801,869

3.06

104,945

13.09

59,356

56.56

M – Western South Island recent soils

220,444

0.84

121,532

55.13

98,584

81.12

N – Eastern South Island plains

2,044,301

7.80

163,565

8.00

8,780

5.37

O – Western South Island foothills and Stewart Island

1,412,650

5.39

1,279,893

90.60

1,161,159

90.72

P – Central mountains

3,247,880

12.39

3,029,280

93.27

2,313,193

76.36

Q – Southeastern hill country and mountains

3,276,038

12.49

1,780,287

54.34

622,273

34.95

R – Southern Alps

1,929,739

7.36

1,927,944

99.91

1,816,279

94.21

S – Ultramafic soils

33,485

0.13

32,513

97.10

31,059

95.53

T – Permanent snow and ice

157,144

0.60

157,128

99.99

153,603

97.76

Unspecified

211,114

0.81

116,986

55.41

29,486

25.20

Total

26,223,310

100.00

12,763,904

48.67

8,164,862

63.97

Notes:

(1) This report uses a total land area for New Zealand derived from the Land Environments of New Zealand classification tool. It results in a smaller total land area than that derived by other means.

(2) Ultramafic soils are derived from molten rock (magma) that are rich in iron and magnesium and have a low silica content.

Data source: Landcare Research.