NZ Geographic looks at Firth of Thames.

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Geographic focus

By . Photography by Peter James Quinn/ NZ Geographic. 2015 june

The latest New Zealand Geographic magazine looks at the Firth of Thames and asks “how much load our natural systems can take without breaking.”

Informed by the Forum’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park seminar last year, the article concludes
“it’s interesting to think …that a low-impact model might be more rewarding than a high-input one. Whatever the case, as the market for milk ebbs and flows, the running calculation of natural cost and commercial benefit will remain on everyone’s minds.”

The editorial in the same May – June issue reflects on the social aspects of the issue — how farmers feel shamed and broadsided by ‘dirty dairy’ concerns — and suggests “rather than face off as opponents, it’s time to re-connect industry and community.”