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Land cover change, 1996–2012

  • Added 16 Apr 2018
  • Updated 16 Apr 2018

Land cover describes the extent of vegetation, water bodies, built environments, and bare natural surfaces (eg gravel and rock) across New Zealand. Measuring the composition of and changes in land cover can help us understand the pressures that different land uses are placing on the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystems.

This measure reports on land cover by class, regional council area, and change over time in hectares and percentage.

For more information on the Landcover Database please refer to:


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1. Data quality info for land cover change 192 KB pdf


TagsOur land 2018
MetadataDublin Core

Technical Details

Table ID 95350
Data type Table
Row count 4145
Columns Class_type, Class_name, Geography, Period, Area_ha_change, Area_percent_change
Services Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


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