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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1982) 27(1): 101–121
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Attitudes to growth and development in New Zealand's far north.

B. Smith and P. Wilson

This paper, which is based on an analysis of 517 interviews carried out in the Mangonui Geographical County, explores the attitudes and perceptions of residents to the direction of local and regional development and examines the dimensions which underlie the visible conflicts existing within and between sectors.
Respondents showed clear preferences for sector growth development at the local and regional level. Support for future development was greatest for both State forestry and farming. Support for State forestry centred on its ability to create employment and use land productively, while farming was favoured for its productive land use and because, traditionally, it has been good for the region and New Zealand.
Those interviewed made a clear distinction between private and State forestry, with State forestry being accorded a greater degree of acceptance. The most common reasons given for the lack of support shown to private forestry were: the benefits would accrue to too few people; it is a non-productive land use; and its labour requirements are low.
The much publicised land-use conflict between farming and forestry was not an important dimension in people's responses. Discussions with local body personnel held after the major field work was carried out suggested that more concern is likely to be generated over the competing requirements of tourism and private forestry in areas such as road use.

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