The Freight Story identified approximately 13,000 hectares of industrial land being either currently available or planned for future provision in the Upper North Island until 2041. This report also identified that approximately 7000 ha of this was currently being used for industrial purposes.

This snapshot of industrial land supply only paints part of the industrial land picture, as it does not provide context as to whether the amount of available or signalled industrial land is excessive, is in the ‘right place’, meets specific industry requirements, or addresses other factors deemed important for meeting industrial land demands now and into the foreseeable future.

The Freight Story identified that a further piece of work was required to better refine the understanding of industrial land supply and to help better understand industrial land demand at the Upper North Island (UNI) scale. UNISA Councils agreed to commission further work on industrial land demand, including a recommendation on methodology suitable for use by all councils in the Upper North Island.

UNISA commissioned Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to undertake this work,and the Industrial Land Demand Study has been completed, with a number of key findings applicable to the Upper North Island. You can read the report below.

Upper North Industrial Land Demand – February 2015 (BERL) [PDF, 2.2 MB]
UNISA Industrial Land Demand Study – summary of key findings [PDF, 3 MB]