Our sparkling rivers and lakes are a key part of what makes Aotearoa New Zealand such a beautiful place to live.
Healthy rivers are also essential for a healthy economy. Our clean and green brand underpins our tourism and agricultural exports.
But our rivers and lakes are under threat.
Over half of our monitored rivers are unsafe for swimming, one-third of our lakes are unhealthy, and two-thirds of our native freshwater fish are at risk or threatened with extinction.
This is not a legacy we want to pass on to the next generation.
We have a plan to clean up New Zealand's rivers and lakes:
- Set standards for clean water
- Introduce a fair charge for irrigation water
- Support water clean-up initiatives
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