Just how healthy is Aotearoa’s freshwater?

Just how healthy is Aotearoa’s freshwater?

By Sophie Bijl-Brown In addition to providing a source of taha wairua and taha tinana, particularly for iwi, freshwater health is recognised as a necessary strategic and productive asset for New Zealand.[1] Freshwater underpins agriculture and tourism, as well as...
How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

By Troy Baisden The latest environmental report on New Zealand’s lakes and rivers reiterates bleak news about the state of freshwater ecosystems, and warns that climate change will exacerbate existing threats. Almost all New Zealand rivers running through urban and...
Is New Zealand giving away control over its water?

Is New Zealand giving away control over its water?

By Mia Chung Water issues have come into the spotlight in recent years with foreign water bottling companies setting up plants in New Zealand. The latest of these is Chinese company Nongfu Springs, whose plans to establish a bottling plant in Otakiri, east of...
Is there freshwater under our oceans? 🔊

Is there freshwater under our oceans? 🔊

A group of researchers has found that there are definite and viable sources of freshwater under our oceans. Adrian Werner of Flinders University has been leading a team studying groundwater and offshore aquifers and their findings suggest there is freshwater. Mitchell...