The community derives income from primary industries, mainly from farming, forestry and tourism as well as light industry.
The pastoral land use in Te Hoiere is dominated by dairy, with most farms in the Rai River sub-catchment. The Kaituna river catchment drains the land south of Havelock; this catchment has a comparatively larger proportion of pastoral land use, where most of the pasture is grazed by sheep and beef cattle (although there are some dairy farms in the catchment).
Plantation forestry occupies the hills behind many farms, with native forest found in the upper catchment. Native forest remnants are found throughout the valley floors, with patches along riparian margins.
Te Hoiere/Pelorus Project want to provide opportunities for innovation and new learning, that can be utilised across other restoration projects – regionally and nationally.
Investigation into alternative sources of income and innovative business ideas is desirable. Further information is required on tourism and light industry activity including retail, accommodation and trade. It is important to understand the needs and the impacts of existing business on the catchment.
NB: Some industries have made good progress in their work to improve water quality, however all industries would greatly benefit from additional support to speed up the implementation of water quality initiatives.