Eloise Gibson

The first detailed report on New Zealand’s fresh water is out from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ. It’s the second big report to be issued under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015, which requires the ministries to report on the state of, and pressures on, our environment (the first was on the marine environment). The full series will be bundled together for a combined environmental assessment in 2019. Eloise Gibson picks the top five takeaways from today's water assessment.

Eloise Gibson digs into the OECD's first review of New Zealand's environmental performance in a decade and finds it calls for action on cows’ greenhouse gases and water pollution, better public transport and warmer housing, including cosier new-builds. And it draws attention to New Zealand’s complex resource management framework, including differences in councils’ abilities to implement new water standards. The OECD also challenges the Government's plan to ramp up agricultural exports.