Government confirms minimal standards

Finally the Government has come clean over its commitment to the dirty water issue says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

 "In Parliament today Nathan Guy confirmed the Government is committed to ‘minimal standards’ not ‘minimum standards’ when it comes to the quality of water and the protection of the environment.

 “Labour has long suspected this is a Government committed to doing the very least for the environment.

“This is evident when 66 per cent of monitored rivers are not safe to swim in and nitrogen levels in our rivers and waterways have increased by 12 per cent.


“Mr Guy may have made a Freudian slip with his minimal standards approach but it just confirms what Labour has known for a long time and that’s this is a Government whose care for the environment is minimal and lacks real concern,” says Meka Whaitiri.