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Exploring the potential of silvopastoral systems in New Zealand’s hill country

October 11, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

On-farm workshop at Te Awa Awa hosted by Richard and Becks Tosswill and Landcare Research.

Science presentations by:

  • Thomas Mackay-Smith (Massey University) on benefits of kānuka silvopastoralism
  • Raphael Spiekermann (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research) on quantifying the performance of trees for slope stability and landslide-derived sediment delivery to streams
  • Feiko van Zadelhoff (Bern University of Applied Sciences) on what can be learned from physical slope stability modelling at individual tree scale

Focus group discussions exploring questions such as:

  • What are the current silvopastoral practices and why are these used?
  • What are the benefits/drawbacks of tree-pasture/silvopastoral systems?
  • Which factors impact tree selection?
  • Where is there potential for silvopastoralism to respond to future challenges?
  • What potential barriers may there be to planting?

Visit to a planting trial featuring poplar varieties and widely spaced kānuka established in the presence of livestock.

Please register for this event by emailing, including your name, phone number, and occupation.

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea are catered for. We look forward to seeing you there!

With funding received from Our Land & Water National Science Challenge. Our thanks to Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance for providing lunch! Special thanks to Richard and
Becks for hosting us on their beautiful farm!


October 11, 2022
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Te Awa Awa
368 Te Awa Awa Road
Gladestone, Wairarapa
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