Land Utilisation

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The GO! Project is a Tararua District Council initiative that has identified several crop options that are highly suitable for the Tararua District. The aim of the project is to provide meaningful information for people wanting to diversify their cropping and broaden their potential revenue base.

The information is intended for smallholders, lifestyle block owners and farmers looking for alternatives to traditional crop options. The GO! Project offers the Tararua District community increased opportunities for job creation, biodiversity, sustainable farming systems and increased family business incomes.


Open access to topographic maps and crop information...

The website was launched in 2016 and has been designed to enable easy access to valuable information for landowners looking for alternative land use options. The website is a crucial resource for anyone looking to diversify the cropping, including Crop Information (including suitability ratings), Topographic Climate and Soil Maps and reports available for download - not to mention a latest news stream

If you are interested in the GO! Project or have any further questions, please contact our Economic Development & Communications Manager.

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Unearthing Potential

In today’s evolving global landscape, we face complex changes. Populations are growing, climates are changing and markets are often volatile. Alongside these challenges come huge opportunities: now is the time to invest in solutions and diversity in agriculture. The best outcomes are realised when open data is used to enable, enhance and unearth the wider potential through focused collaboration.

Opportunity knocks… the GO! Project, ‘unearthing potential’ has outlined opportunities for land utilisation in the Tararua District - this information is available online and best of all, it is completely free.

The Land

The Tararua District, is located within the Manawatu–Wanganui Region. It is of near-rectangular shape, its north-west corner near Norsewood, its north-east corner near Cape Turnagain, its south-west corner at Mount Bruce and its south-east corner at Mataikona on the coast. Its western boundary is the summits of the Ruahine and Tararua ranges.

Many streams and rivers occur throughout the Tararua District, the largest being the Manawatu River and its tributaries (Mangahao, Mangatainoka, Makakahi, Makuri and Tiraumea rivers). The district is surrounded by the Central Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Masterton districts. Servicing towns comprise Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna.

Collaboration is Key

An enormous opportunity is the development of the Tararua Business Network - supporting grower-led groups and businesses to network with experts and each other. Additionally, there is the opportunity to work together to market products.

With New Zealand’s Food and Beverage Headquarters at our doorstep, this provides a gateway to an extensive group of research and innovation organisations and scientists. FoodHQ knows food and beverage innovation and know how to make it work for you.