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Land Management

What is land management?

Land management is the practice of  soil conservation to reduce erosion and therefore maintain sustainable soil and water resources. Erosion is a natural process influenced by geology, slope, climate and vegetation. However, land use can also affect erosion and human modification of the landscape can significantly accelerate the erosion process.

We're working on land management challenges and priorities in the Tauranga Harbour, Rotorua Lakes, Kaituna, Rangitaiki River and Ohiwa Harbour catchments.

Funding and advice available

Regional Council can help you to futureproof your land.  Find out about funding and assistance available through our programmes:

Contact us for more information!

Call 0800 884 880 or email and ask for a Land Management Officer, or check who the main contact is for your catchment.

Futureproof Your Land

Use our self-assessment toolkits to identify ways you can keep your land productive and profitable, while ensuring water quality and biodiversity are protected.


Watch these videos to see how landowners and community groups are taking steps to protect and restore their land and waterways.

Further information

Our fact sheets contain lots of information that could help you to care for your land and livelihood:

Read Landtalk - a monthly blog by Land Management Officer Tim Senior.

Soil conservation in the Bay of Plenty

The main types of erosion in the Bay of Plenty are sheet and rill surface erosion and gully erosion.

The volcanic ash soils of the Bay of Plenty region are particularly susceptible to erosion if they have insufficient vegetation cover. Erosion problems in the Bay of Plenty are aggravated by changes in land use from forest to pasture, increased stock numbers and surface compaction.

The Ministry for the Environment has identified 680 000 ha of land potentially at risk from some degree of erosion in the Bay of Plenty. About 20% (153 000 ha) of this land is presently used for pastoral farming.

Who is responsible?

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for promoting soil conservation in the Bay of Plenty under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941.

Soil conservation has been practised in the Bay of Plenty since the 1960s. Since 1970 soil conservation plans have been implemented on nearly 200 farms with further plans still underway. These plans cover more than 28,000ha and include the retirement of 2600ha of steep erodible land.

Soil Conservation and Environmental Plans are the main tools used by Bay of Plenty Regional Council to encourage land use according to its productive capacity and sustainable limitations.