“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.
Some alpine tussock land in the Mackenzie Country is being irrigated for more intensive farming. Photo: RNZ / Graeme Acton
The purpose of PC13 was to insert provisions into the district plan to protect the Mackenzie Basin’s outstanding natural landscapes and ecology. PC13 was opposed by a majority of the district’s farmers on the grounds that it would make farming unviable. The proposed provisions restrict the capacity to intensify land productivity through irrigation, places limits on other farming methods, and restricts where farmers may construct buildings.