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The mandate for making decisions on allocation of freshwater resources in New Zealand has been devolved to regional councils by the Resource Management Act (RMA) enacted in 1991. Growing demand for water resources in many parts of New Zealand during the last two decades has...
This paper examines the current freshwater resource management regime and allocation of fresh water under the Resource Management Act 1991. It examines the concept of first-in first-served in the allocation of the resource and questions whether this approach achieves the sustainable management principles of the...
This report examines the improvement of the safety of drinking water in New Zealand, lessons to be learned from the Havelock North outbreak, and changes which should be made to achieve those goals.
More than three quarters of pollution flowing into New Zealand's freshwater catchments comes through small streams that currently aren't required to be fenced off, according to this study.
This report is the first national assessment of the indirect impacts of the NPS-FM on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
The report is in two sections. The first is a summary report written from my Office with the assistance of the Departmental Science Advisors from the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment. This overview avoids technical detail but tries to explain the...
This investigative radio documentary asks what is being done to clean up New Zealand's lakes and rivers and it is being done fast enough?
Water quality is tipped to become a big issue in the lead up to this year's general election.
Over the past two decades there have been major increases in dairy production in New Zealand. This increase in intensity has required increased use of external inputs, in particular fertilizer, feed, and water. Intensified dairy farming thus incurs considerable environmental externalities: impacts...
Adaptation to the extreme climate and weather events experienced in Australia and New Zealand has already cost the urban water industry millions of dollars.
To address the changing climate effectively, it is essential that the water industry build climate resilience into their long term...
An ocean sanctuary covering more than 6-hundred thousand square kilometres is to be created around the Kermadec islands north east of New Zealand. Conservation minister Nick Smith discusses the landmark decision to declare New Zealand's Kermadec region an ocean sanctuary.
Total running time: 05'...