OPINION: Sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop doing something bad. Last week’s Environment Court decision says there’s a strong case to stop free holding the South Island high country. The new Minister of Lands, Mark Mitchell, and the acting Commissioner of Crown Lands, Craig Harris, would do well to listen.
A minister’s remark that the intensification of dairy farming can’t go on is decades too late, says ecologist Mike Joy.
“We’ve had a beneficial shift in thinking around water quality which means that no-one is now denying that there’s a problem.”
“We no longer have to demonstrate there’s a problem, there’s plenty of information to show that there is, now we need to focus on finding the solutions to the problem.” Ken Taylor
New Zealand cannot afford to wait to address the problems with fresh water, Ministry for the Environment head Vicky Robertson says.
Most of New Zealand’s native freshwater species are at risk of extinction as water quality faces “serious pressures”, a Government report says.
Nitrogen levels have got worse in more than half the rivers monitored by environment officials, a new report shows.
He taura whiri kotahi mai anō te kopunga tai no i te pu au
From the source to the mouth of the sea all things are joined together as one
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“Water issues have really hit home with a lot of New Zealanders. The fact the you can’t swim in a lot of our waterways now, or drink the water has woken people up.
The Environment Court has determined Mackenzie District Council’s plan change 13 should go ahead, subject to a few changes. The decision marked a decade-long fight over land use in the Mackenzie Basin.