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To develop the Southland Murihiku future crops and food opportunity pathway

Gore, Southland Murihiku


  • One of Southland Murihiku greatest strengths is its land. Beyond 2025 Southland wants to understand the opportunities to drive land-use change, particularly where there is significant constraint affecting existing farm systems.

  • Beyond 2025 Southland will partner with Thriving Southland who are leading the Land Use Just Transition workstream, as well as other key stakeholders. Identified opportunities include growing higher-value crops and products and improving the productivity and sustainability of the region’s forestry sector.

  • This is an opportunity for solution-based thinking to achieving net zero aspirations and consideration of climate change.

Key Outcomes

  1. Conduct in-depth research into high-value food and fibre growth opportunities including a review of the Crops for Southland trial

  2. Build a model and invest in pilot facilities to enable the utilisation of green waste

  3. Establish a Totara plantation forestry pilot in Southland and a framework for assessing its benefits

  4. Southland is a leader in low emission plant-based beverage manufacturing such as oat milk.

Connection with other Workstreams:

The principles of this workstream will strongly underpin the overall Beyond 2025 Southland plan with close alignment to the following workstreams: