Summer is for Swimming
Summer is a great time to celebrate our rivers. Vote for your favourite river.
We can have strong rules that mean our rivers, lakes and streams are safe for swimming. The National Government is currently considering a proposal that will not ensure our rivers are safe for swimming. Don't let them have there way. Send Environment Minister Amy Adams a message.
Our Freshwater lakes and rivers are in crisis
Over 3/5 of monitored rivers sites are unsafe for swimming;
1/3 of our lakes are unhealthy;
2/3 of our freshwater fish are at risk.
It's no wonder water is New Zealanders #1 environmental issue!
Our freshwaters face increased pollution from agriculture, horticulture and sewerage, and increased demand from irrigation, industry and urban use.
Clean Rivers Priority
The Green Party has a plan to make our rivers and lakes clean enough to swim in again. We will:
- Set standards for clean water
- Introduce a fair charge for irrigation water
- Support water clean-up initiatives
Land and Water Forum
We support the work that the Land and Water Forum has done. The Land and Water Forum brought together a collaberative group of environmental and recreational NGOs, Iwi, industry, scientests and other organisations with a stake in freshwater. Unfortunately the Government has not picked up the recommendations of the Forum, and failed to act to protect our rivers and lakes. We need strong rules to protect the rivers and lakes that we love, so that our children and their children can enjoy clean healthy rivers.
Dirty Water Tour
The Dirty Water Tour visited some of New Zealands worst affected streams, lakes and rivers and highlighted the need for water rules that will make a difference. Check out more about the tour and find out about some of our dirty rivers.
Our last remaining wild rivers are under threat from irrigation and hydro dams. If you like fishing, kayaking, whitebaiting, whitewater rafting, tramping, or just knowing there are pristine wild rivers flowing all over New Zealand, take action now to save them! Thanks to hard work from heaps of New Zealanders the Mokihinui has been saved from a proposed hydro dam. You can make a difference.
- 21 Feb 2014 | Online submission form
Eugenie Sage questions the Minister for the Environment on the woefully inadequate freshwater standards the Government is proposing12 Feb 2014 | Oral Question
Send a message to the Government - we want clean water rules that ensure our rivers are safe for swimming.
Share your stories good and bad with eugenie [dot] sage [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Eugenie) about your local river or lake.
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