Igniting Intuition

Wai-Kokopu Project - Lighthouse Farms

You've read our Vision and Purpose, so now it's down to the nitty gritty - what's involved to to enhance the health wellbeing of the community, the whenua, biodiversity and mahinga kai in the Waihi Estuary Catchment for generations to come.

How does this work?

  • Initial baseline of current farm system and detail maps of the farm.
  • Identify opportunities that are Win Win (replenish the land and water, while protecting business health)
  • Uses models to identify opportunities, and test scenarios that can lead to a lower footprint, higher profit, less stress on land, animals and people.
  • Agree on a journey (plan) of how to transition to a lower footprint, healthier and more prosperous farming system, with less impact, and more resilience.
  • Focus will be on Climate resilience, Cleaner water, Thriving Biodiversity, Healthier Soils

What preparation is involved?

  • Good Science: Mapping of farm using GIS and identification of the biophysical baseline (soils, slope, CSAs, Wetlands, ephemeral streams, etc)
  • Numbers: Understanding what current performance is (system, business health, risk of loss of nutrients, pathogens and sediment and greenhouse gases etc)
  • Look at all the options that result in a lighter footprint and increased profit and resilience
  • Design an intuitive pathway with the farm owner/manager/family – that aligns with their personal risk profile and vision.

How much time will it take?

  • Data collection, means that we need to collect farm information, but this does not take long, and can be done pre visit via your consultants and current models used, and farm manager.
  • A farm visit with detailed GIS maps would take around 2 hours, with a specialist, and identify other biophysical opportunities (ground-truthing)
  • The visit takes around 2-3 hours, providing some preparation is done. The farm system is then modelled, and scenario plans are run to lower the footprint while providing an economic summary and an ecological summary of the plans

A Revisit

A revisit to go over a draft “one health plan” will occur, and collaboratively will design a pathway forward – to lower footprint, more climate resilient, healthier business that is protected for generations to come. Agree on a document that is a living story and can be updated with progress as it occurs.

What characteristics do I need to have?

Relevant Problem in Zone

Have I got an issue? ie: dairy discharge, lower catchment, e Coli, etc OR Heavy animals and gully head erosion and high % of 6e soils in Upper Catchment - alternative land use question.

Open Mind

Do I have an open mind for change, efficiency gains, or locked into an old system?          

Data integrity

Does my business have good data, background work sometimes done, and ready to go with good data integrity and systems thinking?

Intergenerational Interest

Am I thinking long term, any  succession plan, will 2-5 year plan have long term effect and influence on this land.