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.
In today's email we detailed the problems with New Zealand's water supplies.
A damning report on the state of New Zealand’s drinking water has called for mandatory treatment of the country’s water supply - but a battle is looming over the cost of making that a reality. Sam Sachdeva reports.
A damning report into the quality of New Zealand’s drinking water has recommended universal treatment of the country’s water supply, saying it “firmly and unequivocally” supports a change to the law.