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Data and trends

 The link below points to an Excel spreadsheet that contains the source data to this indicator's graph and any additional data.

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Available rural land in the Waikato region in 1996 (baseline)

 Graph showing available rural land in region by land class in 1996

Productive capability of subdivided rural land

Graph showing productive capability of subdivided rural land

The table below shows subdivision pressures by land class on rural land in the Waikato region between the 1991 and 2013 censuses. Even though most of the subdivided rural land in the region is not being used for intensive urban development, other uses for the remaining subdivided rural land can still affect its potential productivity.

You can see in the table below that the actual amount of Class I land has not dropped significantly. However, an average of 47.9 hectares per year of Class I land taken for subdivision may be being used in a less productive way (for example, previously productive pasture feeding high numbers of farming stock may instead become home to one or two cows on a lifestyle block).

  Class I Class II Class III Class IV Classes V - VIII
1991 (hectares) 44,855 249,378 275,892 337,038 1,434,504
% of the Waikato region 1.83 10.18 11.26 13.76 58.57
Subdivision pressure (average hectares per year) 42.25 176.33 122.02 66.4 104.71
2006 (hectares) 44,432 247,615 274,672 336,374 1,433,457
Subdivision pressure (average hectares per year) 151.69 104.85 116.32 83.78 70.18
2013 (hectares) 44,280 249,207 275,700 336,876 1,434,240

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