Freshwater in New Zealand

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, has published a new report on New Zealand's freshwater.

New Zealand’s fresh waters: values, state, trends and human impacts

Extract from the Foreword

Fresh water provides us with considerable natural advantage. It is abundant and supports our economy, our environment, our recreation and our national identity. There are many values associated with fresh water for all New Zealanders, and particularly for Māori. Moreover, the state of our fresh water is the environmental issue of highest public concern.

In recent years there has been an increasingly complex and at times confusing public discourse about fresh water. It is clear that fresh water is an issue on the minds of many New Zealanders. Accordingly, following discussion with Prime Minister Key, I undertook to produce a paper explaining the issues surrounding the state of fresh water in New Zealand, and this is something that my Office has been working on independently for some time. ...

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 core issues of public concern that have implications for policy development. The main body of the report is a more technical and scientifically referenced document that reviews the state of fresh water in New Zealand and issues related to restoration. ...

See also

Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor,