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Results - data and trends

The Excel spreadsheet below contains the source data for this indicator's graph and information.

  •  The recent data (1996-2012) were sourced from the Landcover Database1, collected from satellite image analysis.
  •  Historic (1840) vegetation2 was reconstructed in 1995 using settler accounts and maps, soil maps and interpretation based on current extent and early aerial photographs. 

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Proportion of each local authority area in indigenous forest, scrub and tussock in 2012

Note: only a portion of the Rotorua, Taupo and Waitomo districts is in the Waikato region and the data may not be reflective of that district as a whole. In 1840 up to 20% of the Hamilton, Hauraki, Waikato and Waipa districts were covered in wetlands (not reported on in this indicator).

Change in area of indigenous vegetation cover by type between 1996 and 2012.


  1. Land cover data supplied by Landcare Research.
  2. Leathwick, J. Clarkson, B. and Whaley, P. 1995: Vegetation of the Waikato Region: Current and Historic Perspectives. Landcare Research Contract Report LC9596/022. Landcare Research, Hamilton..
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