Too much farming in the Basin?

  • An Environment Court judge says there is a strong case for an “immediate moratorium” on freeholding parts of the Mackenzie Basin, due to the rapid rate of ecological values being lost.

In the latest instalment of a decade-long legal battle over land use in the Basin, the court criticised the extent of farming intensification in the area.

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JENNY PAWSEY

A stunning view in the Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury.