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.
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,
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.
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