3,165 submissions have been received by Land Information New Zealand as part of the public consultation on proposals to improve the management of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.
Federated Farmers have launched a scathing attack on the government over its programme on pastoral leases, accusing it of a lack of integrity…………… However, Ms Sage insisted ending Tenure Review would help preserve biodiversity and landscape values for High Country land and other special regions.
A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.
As of 2012, New Zealand had crossed a threshold in which 51 per cent of the country’s land cover had been modified, either through exotic grasses or urbanisation. There were now more exotic plant species than native ones, and stoats, possums and rats now cover 94 per cent of the country’s land area, virtually everywhere but the harshest environments. Native forests once covered 80 per cent of New Zealand, but today they cover 26 per cent.