Land Use Opportunities Symposium

Find out more about opportunities for land use change and get access to some great support by reading below

A symposium to explore sustainable land practices and use opportunities for Lake Rotorua catchment was held on June 16 and 17 2015, to support landowners who will be affected by new nitrogen rules designed to improve water quality in Lake Rotorua.

Hosted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and Destination Rotorua, the two day event attracted over 200 people.

It featured a wide range of high calibre guest speakers discussing environmentally sustainable farming, business innovation and opportunities for land use change in the Lake Rotorua catchment.

Next Steps

Interested in land use? Please send Destination Rotorua chief executive, Michelle Templer an email

Are you a landowner and would like to know more about the regulations and process? Please contact the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Land Use and Advice Support Service on 0800 884 880 or email


Presentation slides

  • Lake Rotorua catchment – Stephen Lamb PDF (833Kb)
  • Land use advice and support service – John Paterson PDF (210Kb)
  • The incentive programme: Open for business – Te Taru White PDF (1,389Kb)

Opportunities for land Use Change

  • Profile of the Lake Rotorua catchment and potential for land use change
    Tanira Kingi PDF (2,736Kb)
  • Land use change opportunities and the future role of forestry in the Lake Rotorua catchment
    Warren Parker PDF (5,789Kb)
  • Great expectations- responding to the challenge of change
    Tim Barnard and Sandra Velarde PDF (654Kb)
  • Water quality – A whole community response – Lessons from Taupo beef
    Mike Barton PDF (1,509Kb)

Afforestation Opportunities

  • Where does forestry fit in your property and how does it balance out economic and environmental objectives?
    Graham West PDF (1,667Kb)
  • Indigenous forestry options for farmers in Rotorua catchment
    Greg Steward PDF (6,316Kb)
  • Intergrating forestry as a profitable and environmentally sound land-use alternative to help farmers cope with economic uncertainty
    Juan Monge PDF (654Kb)
  • Conventional forestry economic and what happens with the addition of carbon and nitrogen credits? A Rotorua case study
    Andy Dick PDF (153Kb)
  • Gorse programme case study
    Andy Dick PDF (429Kb)
  • Value-add and innovative products with forestry
    Paul Bennett PDF (1,203Kb)

Alternative Farming Models

Opportunities for Marginal Land

Thinking Outside the Square

  • Landowner economic, employment and environmental benefits via bioenergy
    Brian Cox PDF (1,825Kb)
  • Biomass croppingand bioafuels potential
    Peter Brown PDF (2,911Kb)
  • Biochar application to retain soluable nitrogen
    Don Graves PDF (2,428Kb)

Horticultural Opportunities

  • Overview: Opportunities in Horticulture
    Jon Manhire PDF (947Kb)
  • Barriers and enablers to land use shifts for high-value horticulture options
    Alastair Mowat PDF (3,207Kb)
  • Hazelnut production
    Murray Redpath PDF (4,440Kb)

Plans, Principles and Potentials

  • Land and environment plans (LEPs) for drystock farms
    Erica van Reenen PDF (2,455Kb)
  • Understanding the animal-pasture-soil interface; principles from the P21 research project into low N input dairy systems
    Mark Shepard PDF (603Kb)
  • The context and practice of nutrient mitigation on Rotorua dairy farms
    Simon Park PDF (718Kb)
  • Case study: Bull-beef system in the Rotorua Lake District
    John Ford PDF (3,454Kb)

N mitigation – Tools and Experience

  • Dairy farming with low N input. What’s required for high profit? The pastoral 21 experience
    Chris Glassey PDF (356Kb)
  • Pasture species for nitrogen mitigation
    Grant Edwards PDF (898Kb)
  • Nitrogen Leaching from cut-and-carry Lucerne
    Malcolm McLeod PDF (3,434Kb)
  • Provision of salt to dairy cows as potential nitrogen mitigation strategy
    Brendon Welten PDF (979Kb)
  • MitAgator as a tool for drystock farmers
    Ian Tarbotton PDF (378Kb)

Is there an alternative management paradigm?

  • The organic approach – does it have a place in sensitive catchments?
    John Vosper PDF (850Kb)
  • Case study: low N input, high production dairying
    Peter Berryman PDF (1,402Kb)

To find out more contact Destination Rotorua