18 Oct 2018
Turning marginal land into a protector for New Zealand biosecurity
It’s been a year since 63,000 mānuka seedlings were planted on a 53-hectare gully, set amongst Hauhungaroa No 7. The 200-hectare block of Māori land west of Lake Taupō, is primarily used for dairy farming. The gully, however, had previously been identified as marginal land, and at risk of erosion. With a desire to protect and enhance the whenua the owners looked at alternative ways to utilise the area that would be both sustainable and have the potential to increase the return on the land.