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Freshwater national standards set – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 3rd, 2014.

New standards for freshwater announced today for the first time set quantitative limits for water quality. Incorporating the national “bottom lines” for water quality put forward for consultation last year, the new standards will take effect from 1 August 2014, with a deadline for implementation by regional councils moved forward to 2025. A high-level summary including infographics on freshwater quantity […]

Report stirs up freshwater policy debate

John Kerr posted in on August 1st, 2011.

New Zealand’s waterways will not being getting cleaner any time soon under current government policies, according to a new report examining freshwater management. The report was produced by the Cawthron Institute and commissioned by Fish & Game New Zealand. The document analyses the government’s current National Policy Statement (NPS) on Freshwater Management to see how it stacks […]

Rod Oram on freshwater policy

John Kerr posted in on May 16th, 2011.

The government’s latest plans for freshwater quality and irrigation have made some progress towards a more environmental national policy on our water quality, but are further steps necessary? The Sunday Star Times columnist, Rod Oram, has provided his opinion on what is really needed to make the freshwater National Policy Statement work. An excerpt (read […]

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Dom Post: Two years on from national water quality plan, nothing has been done

Peter Griffin posted in on June 16th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about the state of New Zealand’s waterways, which are still being polluted despite an inquiry two years ago which suggested sweeping reforms to clean them up. A report has gone to Environment Minister Nick Smith suggesting that strict rules be put in place to protect waterways, although the […]

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