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The climate and the land (1st of 2)

The climate and the land

A rainbow, like the one seen here near Raglan in the Waikato, requires both rain and sun to form – and both rain and sun are required for good pasture growth. In the lower basins of the Waikato, Waipā, Piako and Waihou rivers lies the 500,000-hectare ‘green heart’ of the Waikato dairy lands. This is one of the most productive and intensively farmed areas in New Zealand. The rich soils, combined with a mild, humid climate, produce ideal conditions for pasture growth. The lone tree, a kahikatea, shows that a mighty forest once stood here.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

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