We want our rivers to be clean enough for swimming, playing, fishing, and gathering kai, so our children and grandchildren can enjoy them too.
Sadly nearly two-thirds of New Zealand's monitored river swimming spots were too polluted for swimming last summer, according to the Ministry for the Environment.
This is why one of the Green Party's top election priorities is to make New Zealand rivers clean enough to swim in again.
The Green Party has a vision for Aotearoa New Zealand where families can head down to their local swimming hole and jump right in without worrying about getting sick.
The Green Party's plan to make our rivers clean enough for swimming includes:
1. Establishing a protected rivers network to permanently safeguard our most precious rivers similar to the permanent protection given to national parks.
2. Setting robust water quality standards that ensure rivers are clean and healthy enough for swimming
3. Keeping our wild rivers wild by not building any new dams on them