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The mightiest river is made up of single drops. Add your name to the petition calling for stronger protection for our freshwater.

New Zealand has a freshwater crisis and it’s getting worse. Many of our lakes and rivers have become polluted drains, unsafe for people and wildlife. As it stands in current law, our rivers and lakes are allowed to pose a “moderate risk” of infection when people are wading or boating in them (‘secondary contact’). Our fresh waterways are increasingly unsafe for people, and their ongoing pollution endangers our wildlife and degrades our environment. We can turn this around. We can choose clean water for New Zealand and it’s important that we do this now while our freshwater legislation is under review.

To the House of Representatives: We request that the House of Representatives legislate to set “swimmable (primary contact)” as the minimum standard for freshwater in lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, wetlands and estuaries, and establish that the priority for New Zealand’s freshwater legislation is the health of people, wildlife, and the environment.

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What is the story of your local river, lake, stream or estuary? Do you swim in it, play in it, harvest food from it? What does it mean for you and your family. Let’s give our waterways a voice and bring together the full story of freshwater in New Zealand.

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Choose Clean Water Tour team:

Geoff Reid, Kyleisha Foote, Paul Boyce and Marnie Prickett

Spokesperson: Marnie Prickett, 022 161 2634,
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Dairy Farm - Kaipara

Families Swimming - Waikato River

Youth Swimming - Waikato River

Why sign the petition?

New Zealand has a freshwater crisis and it’s getting worse. Many of our lakes and rivers have become polluted drains, unsafe for people and wildlife. As it stands in current law, our rivers and lakes are allowed to pose a “moderate risk” of infection when people are wading or boating in them (‘secondary contact’). Our fresh waterways are increasingly unsafe for people, and their ongoing pollution endangers our wildlife and degrades our environment.

We need to strengthen our laws and establish the health of people and the environment as our priority for freshwater legislation so that we can begin to reverse the downward trend for water quality in New Zealand. It’s important that we do this now as our freshwater legislation is currently under review by the Land and Water Forum and the government.

If you are unsure about the freshwater situation in New Zealand, here are some links to coverage of the issue in the media, reports by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and academic articles written on the topic.

NZ Herald

Grave warning for NZ’s freshwater life

NZ’s ‘clean environment’ under threat

Water pollution – we can fix it

Most rivers in New Zealand too dirty for a swim

Dairy conversions still hurting our lakes and rivers – commissioner

Dairying’s environmental harm a ‘zero sum’ – study

Stuff

Many NZ rivers unsafe for swimming

Dairy continues to damage water quality

Explainer: 98% Pure NZ

Cooking oil the tip of the iceberg for polluted Canterbury waterways

New Zealand’s ‘high risk’ beaches for water quality

Manawatu River ‘among worst in the west

ONE NEWS

NZ water quality getting worse – report

Completely backwards step for freshwater – expert

Is New Zealand really clean and green? A new report suggests we’re not

‘Massive intensification of dairy farming’ is killing freshwater fish – expert

TV3 NEWS

Water quality getting worse – report

Labour: Govt failing on water quality

Lake water quality deteriorating – Smith

Cities urged to act on water quality

Kiwis too optimistic about water quality

NZ walk to raise water quality awareness

Changes to land use bad for water quality – Commisioner

Some farmers refuse to comply with water quality standards

Dairying blamed for damaging South Island water quality

Labour criticise Govt’s three year delay on water quality laws

Radio NZ

Public ‘misled’ over river water quality

Farming damaging environment – report

Environment report depressing – opposition

Deadline to fix Canterbury rivers missed

Freshwater species disappearing rapidly

No prosecution over Tukituki River pollution

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Environment Commissioner warns water quality is “not out of the woods yet

Water quality: Nutrients

Water quality: Vulnerability & mitigation

Water quality: Changing land use

Water quality: Policy

Managing water quality: Examining the 2014 National Policy Statement




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