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Land Use Solutions

dNITRO Website – Land Use Change Tool

Funding granted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council: $136,900

Project managers: Toitu Te Waonui Ltd– Andy Dick and Ra Cleave

Project description: dNITRO is a user-friendly, spatial tool available on the internet that allows land owners in the Lake Rotorua catchment a first reference point to understand the economic gains from land use change to pine or Mānuka specific to their property.

Toitu Te Waonui is a Māori forestry initiative group comprising Interpine Innovation, and Tuia Group as well as highly regarded individuals.

The tool was launched on 20th February 2016 at


Nutrient Best Practice Videos

Funding granted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council: $47,000

Project managers:Landconnect Ltd with support from the Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective (Spokesperson Jo Carr pictured) and Ballance.

Project description: Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in videos providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice. The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua although the videos may appeal to a wider audience. 

Topics covered in the video series will include understanding nitrogen and phosphorous cycles, effluent management, efficient nitrogen fertiliser use, how to integrate good nutrient practices into a farm nutrient plan and more. 

The videos will be published on YouTube via the Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective website and project partner websites by June 2017.

Jo Carr








The Manuka and Kānuka Plantation Guide

There is a strong interest across New Zealand in growing Mānuka and Kānuka, and for the Rotorua catchment, it’s an appealing low nitrogen loss land use solution.

The Mānuka & Kānuka Plantation Guide is a tool that has been released through combined funding from several Regional Councils. It provides information on the plants themselves, honey production, oil production, environmental and agricultural benefits, establishing plantations and long term management.

This guide was not funded under the Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund however it may provide further information in support of findings realised through the dNITRO land use tool.