Land is one of five domains we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The six national environmental indicators we use to report on land are land cover, land use, soil health, soil erosion risk, area of native land cover, and distribution of seven selected native species.
This section provides information on the state of New Zealand’s land.
The latest environmental indicators providing information on the state of New Zealand’s land.
Information on the two land classification systems we use to report on New Zealand’s land: the Land Cover Database series; and Land Environments of New Zealand.
New Zealand’s varied landscapes and unique native plants and animals have helped shape our national character and cultural identity. Biodiversity helps sustain the ecosystems that support the country’s primary production and tourism sectors. To many people, the variety of natural life also has an ‘intrinsic value’ in its own right, independent of its usefulness to human society.
The way we have used our land has fundamentally shaped our nation. From earliest times, settlers in New Zealand have worked the land to produce food and fibre, raise animals, and build dwellings.
Today, land underpins a significant part of our economy and plays an integral part in supporting New Zealand’s top export earners: tourism and primary production. We value land for its scenic, recreational, historical and cultural significance.
Reporting on native land cover and the distribution of some of our native species tells us where and how native habitats and ecosystems are changing. Reporting on changes in land cover and use, and soil health and erosion risk will help identify some of the greatest pressures on New Zealand’s land.
Last updated: 17 July 2013