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A report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has highlighted the negative impact farming practices are having on New Zealand’s waterways, attracting national news coverage.

Styx River no watermark.jpgYou can read more about the Commissioners report, Water quality in New Zealand:Land use and nutrient pollution along with independent expert commentary here.

The report has been widely covered in the media. Examples include:

MSN NZ News: Dairy growth puts strain on water: report
Southland Times: Dairy Farming is Harming Our Water
Newstalk ZB: Water quality report due today
TVNZ News: Report outlines ‘dirty’ water fears
Dominion Post: Waterways To Get Worse As Dairy Industry Booms
The Press: Farming Risk To Water Probed In New Report
Radio New Zealand: Swimming spots will deteriorate – watchdog
National Business Review: No win-win if dairy conversion continues unchecked, says commissioner
3 News: Dairy farming polluting water – report

Numerous institutions and organisations have also issued media releases responding to the report, including: Ministry for the Environment & Ministry for Primary Industries, United Future, Green Party, Labour Party, DairyNZFederated Farmers, Fonterra, Forest and Bird, Fish & Game NZ, IrrigationNZ, Horizons Regional Council, Environment Southland and Environment Canterbury.


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