Dairy and forestry industries in the Central North Island


The aim of the study is to provoke and promote constructive discussion on how opportunities for complementarities can be generated at a land enterprise (farm or forest) and catchment level to create beneficial scenarios for the dairy and forestry industries. In that regard the study is deliberately simple in its approach: other sectors of the economy are excluded to keep the scenarios easy to understand and focused.

The writers looked at land use on similarly-sized land areas to contrast the economic, environmental and social impacts from both industries in the region. Such a discussion will help stakeholders: comply with current national environmental policies such as the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) and the emissions trading scheme (ETS); inform pathways for achieving regional economic growth within environmental limits; and indicate how the integration of land uses at different scales can be achieved more effectively than in the past.

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