In today's email we report from the campaign trail and preview another poll promising to be 'explosive'.
The Greens say we need to wean ourselves off nitrogen to save our waterways, and propose a levy on farmers to make it happen – but can it work here when it has failed elsewhere? Lynn Grieveson reports.
In today's email we look into the Reserve Bank's consultation paper on debt to income limits, as well as the latest from select committees and some worrying warnings about the health implications of intensive dairying.
As the water debate heats up ahead of the election, traditional advocacy groups have united with the tourism industry and public health researchers to warn of reputational damage to our tourism and agriculture industries, and health risks for rural children.
The Government, along with local government, is sending out a message that, if New Zealanders want improved water quality, they are going to have to accept higher Council rates – and even higher section and house prices.
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.
Nick Smith struggled last night to regain the initiative in the debate over water quality after his new swimmable water standards were accused of shifting the goalposts to say a swimmable river is one where a swimmer has up to a 5% chance of getting sick.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Monday.
NZIER has issued a 50 page report on New Zealand's "ad-hoc, short term, first-in first-served" policy for allocating water, calling for a central government to create new policies for water management that could include water rights trading and charges for water use.
Chris Tremain established a Privacy Panel, Tariana Turia widened the Kainga Whenua housing scheme, Katrina Shanks said she wouldn't stand in 2014, a retired Judge said the Lombard convictions were the "worst miscarriage of justice he had ever seen" and Paymark appointed Mark Rushworth as CEO.