We’re cleaning up our rivers and lakes. After nine years of neglect, our waterways are under serious threat. Many of the spots we used to swim are now unswimmable.
New Zealanders want us to clean up rivers – so we’re getting on with it!
Our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and how we care for and use them, are a fundamental part of who we are. Everyone should be able to swim in their local river in summer and put their head under without getting crook – and to gather kai and fish.
The Government is taking the lead, working together with farmers, councils and the community to stop the degradation of waterways and clean up our rivers and lakes within a generation.
Today we announced our Action Plan for Healthy Waterways.
It’s focused on three things:
- Stopping the degradation of our rivers
- Delivering a noticeable improvement in water quality in five years
- Restoring our waterways to a healthy state within a generation.
Clean water is so crucial to our economy – our primary exports and our tourism both rely on our clean, green image. The world’s consumers are increasingly focused not only on what we produce but how we produce their food.
We know what we need to do:
And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We know we can’t continue on like we are and if we don’t fix things now they will only get worse. Our plan will stop the degradation of New Zealand’s waterways, delivering a noticeable improvement within five years, and restore them to a healthy state within a generation.
What does success look like?