Documents reveal the Conservation Minister sought advice on Nongfu Spring’s “good character” before approving the sale of Otakiri Springs to the Chinese company, Thomas Coughlan reports.
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has addressed the annual gathering of mayors and councillors, calling for improvements in water quality, but shying away from full council amalgamations, as David Williams reports.
A coalition commitment to introduce a royalty on bottled water exports appears to have stalled, with the Government still trying to find a workaround that won’t breach its free trade deals. Sam Sachdeva reports.
The strains on New Zealand’s water infrastructure were a hot topic at a local government summit this week. Everyone is preparing for change, but concrete decisions from the Government still appear some time away, Sam Sachdeva reports.
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A water industry group has questioned why the public is no clearer on how to better manage the resource, six months after the Government took power.
Local councils are facing a string of daunting challenges, ranging from sea level rise to massive infrastructure bills. Shane Cowlishaw explores how their relationship with the new Government will be integral in how they handle those challenges.
Water ownership rights for Maori did not come up during a “warm but practical conversation” with the members of the Iwi Chairs Forum, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
In today's email we followed up the Briefings to Incoming Ministers released yesterday, and asked how 'free and frank' our public servants really can be.
Sharper incentives to be frugal with water drawn from New Zealand’s lakes and rivers will help clean up our waterways, faster, according to a briefing to the incoming Minister for the Environment, Eloise Gibson reports.