Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


New Report Highlights Pressures On Aotearoa New Zealand’s Freshwater

Increasing pressures on lakes, rivers and groundwater are affecting water quality, ecosystems and people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, according to a new report.

Our freshwater 2023 was published today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ.

The latest release in the environmental reporting series examines the most pressing issues in Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and aquifers, which connect to each other, ki uta ki tai (from mountains to sea).

Read the media release at New report highlights pressures on Aotearoa New Zealand's freshwater.

The report format – and a new storytelling approach

The report highlights pressures on the freshwater environment, which affect its state, and have a wide range of impacts.

Our freshwater 2023 brings together peer reviewed published studies, mātauranga Māori and data from environmental indicators. It follows the scaled-back format used in recent environmental reports.

The Ministry has also used the digital storytelling platform StoryMaps to create a new and engaging way to look at some of the issues raised in the official report.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Navigating our freshwater environment examines what’s going on from the perspective of tuna (longfin eels).

Using photos, videos and interactive maps, the StoryMap examines the challenges facing tuna throughout their lives as they travel ki uta ki tai – and how those challenges also affect the freshwater ecosystem, people, communities and sectors.

Also complementing the official report, Waikato University’s Science Learning Hub is producing resources for teachers and students.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.