“ to be the first nation to be truly sustainable — across the four pillars of the economy, society, the environment, and nationhood.”
New Zealand depends on it’s ‘clean green’ image
In 2002, tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $5.1 billion, or 4.5 percent of New Zealand ’s total industry contribution to GDP. ( www.stats.govt.nz )
The combined importance of New Zealand’s pastoral, horticultural and forestry industries cannot be overstated. In current prices, it is estimated that agriculture, horticulture and forestry, including associated processes and services, contribute a total of approximately 18 per cent to New Zealand’s GDP. (ABARE and MAF 2006)
In 2007 at Hon. Helen Clark’s address to Parliament she stated that New Zealand was:
Nitrogen fertiliser is used in intensive agricultural production systems and impacts on water quality as well as generating greenhouse gas emissions.
In New Zealand, direct nitrous oxide emissions from nitrogen fertiliser made up 3 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in 2004. Water quality is also affected by nitrogen discharged from farming activities and has caused increasing concerns. (PCE Report, 2005) For example, it is believed that pastoral farming contributes almost 40 percent of all nitrogen flows into Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. (Environment Waikato, 2005). (MAF 2006)