Access to the outdoors is often thought of as central to the Kiwi way of life and a critical tourist drawcard. But some say we’re not doing enough to protect these assets. Much debate centres on the state of waterways, and what to do in the face of of climate change.
The quality and ownership of NZ’s freshwater has become a big issue. Across the board the political parties say we need to do a better job at keeping our rivers and lakes clean. But plans to fix it vary. There is debate, too, about ownership of water, and whether companies, including those based overseas, should pay to use or export it.