Economic Development Reports


Sustainable Horticultural Land Use Opportunities for the Tararua District

This project was funded by the Provincial Growth Fund through Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and began in late 2019.  AgFirst Consultants (HB) Ltd, Leander Archer and Justin France lead the research which was contributed to by Plant & Food Research and Dr Heather Collins.

Building on previous research into a variety of crops, this research looked into feijoas and hazelnuts, blueberries and cider apples, covering:

  • Environmental conditions
  • Farm business case for establishing crop
  • Collective business structures
  • Processing opportunities
  • Markets (existing and new)
  • Climate review
  • Nutrient loads
  • Community consultation

View the sustainable land Use report below:

Sustainable Land Use Report


Right Tree Right Place

This project was funded by Te Uru Rakau at the Ministry for Primary Industries and began in late 2019.  AgFirst Pastoral (HB) Ltd consultant Lochie MacGillivray co-ordinated contributions from Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua  and  Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tāmaki nui-a-Rua, Scion, James Powrie (RedAxeNZ), Simon Taylor (Fresh Perspective Insight), and Dr Heather Collins.

The purpose of this research was to provide landowners with the information to consider alternative tree species in a local context that includes commercial potential, regulatory consents, ability to establish and the impacts on the local ecosystem and community.

View the Right Tree Right Place Report below:

Right Tree Right Place Report

Right Tree Right Place Presentation

Right Tree Right Place Presentation

On 17 December 2021, Council hosted a workshop where interested parties were presented the results. You will find the presentation recording and slides below:

Presentation Slides

Impacts of Afforestation on Rural Communities in the Tararua District

This social research study explores the impact of afforestation1 on local communities in the Tararua District. In particular, this research report explores: what ‘right tree, right place’ means for individuals, whanau/families, business and communities; any perceived opportunities, challenges or concerns that afforestation can bring; and the relationship between afforestation and tourism.

Impacts of Afforestation on Rural Communities in the Tararua District