Urban sprawl is projected to eat up to 31,270 hectares of Auckland’s most productive land over the next 35 years, Stuff reveals. According to figures in recent Environment Court decision, the irreversible, cumulative loss of Auckland’s prime horticultural land is accelerating. In January, the Environment Court rejected the proposal from a group of farmers and landowners to re-zone part of the Pūkaki Peninsula near the Auckland International Airport.