Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Manawatu water quality needs Government leadership

26 November 2009

Manawatu water quality needs Government leadership

News that the Manawatu River is one of the most polluted in the Western world, with a pollution measure that is literally off the scale, drives home the urgent need for Government action on water quality, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said today.

“We have always known that the Manawatu River was in a terrible state, and this latest research confirms that it may in fact be one of the most polluted rivers in the world,” Dr Norman said.

Dr Norman was responding to the reported findings of research by the Cawthron Institute in which the Manawatu tops a pollution measurement of 300 rivers and streams across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

“At these levels of pollution, the river poses a serious public health risk. As the weather warms up and people start to think about swimming, fishing, and boating, Manawatu residents will find that once again their right to enjoy their river has been taken away.

“It could take 20 years before the Manawatu is even at half the accepted swimming quality.

“We know that it is largely agricultural run-off that is causing this pollution, along with industrial effluent from companies like Fonterra and Tui Brewery, and sewage discharge.

“It doesn’t have to be like this. Just today, the Greens are releasing a series of ‘Good Farm Stories’, including one in the Manawatu catchment, which show that there are steps farmers can take to reduce the incredible damage caused by effluent, fertilizer, and stream damage from animals.

“Many farmers are taking it upon themselves to improve the situation, but the large-scale changes we need to return the Manawatu to an acceptable level will require Government leadership.

“Environment Minister Nick Smith said this morning that the Manawatu River needs cleaning up. Now he needs to put his money where his mouth is and tell us what his Government is going to do about it,” Dr Norman said.


Manawatu River 'among worst in the West':


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>


Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels