Baseline study of 850 sites sketches magnitude of freshwater task ahead.
But councils turn down Feds request to pause work on freshwater plans.
Sustained flow that historically carried sediment and gravel out to sea has reduced.
Fear is that hill country grazing will need costly resource consents in the future.
El Niño’s early arrival has farmers in many districts, but especially on the east coasts of both islands, checking feed and livestock levels.
Council said to have promised changes to Regional Land and Water Management Plan.
Irrigation lobby group wants longer-term thinking and a ministry for water.
Meetings aim to give rural and urban communities essential information about the freshwater reform process.
Alan Emerson is irritated by reporting that tries to pin the tourist town’s crypto outbreak on sheep.
Recommendation to triple minimum flow of Central Otago river over the next 17 years.
Aim is to have largest dam built in NZ in more than two decades commissioned by December.
Farms have to learn whole new system before previous one is even bedded in, Feds says.
Parliament upbraids bureaucrats on lack of co-ordination on issue.
National record kept of land initiatives that restore health to rural waterways.
Gap between expectation and DoC quotation almost 1000%.
Blanket approach could end up harming land, environment and farmers’ self-image, study finds.
Tatuanui students run native plant nursery to supply local dairy farmers and raise funds.
Starting gun for Freshwater Farm Plans to be fired in Otago, West Coast and Manawatū next year.
Decades of rising levels of nitrogen and bacteria in waterways identified, but Lake Taupō doing better than expected.
Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Manawatū farmers and iwi to be given training and education in preserving waterways.
Environment authority checking consents and following up.
Phosphate, a key ingredient in fertiliser, can get into waterways through run-off.
Fifteen Bay of Plenty landowners supported to transition to lower-footprint systems along Waihī Estuary.
Wilderlab cinches Fieldays Innovation Award for growth and scale.
NZ-developed device sits in water ways, transmitting data.
First plans to be rolled out in Southland and Waikato in August.
Water reform will directly affect farmers who tap into mixed-use, council-owned schemes.
The delayed policy, part of the Essential Freshwater reforms, will start with pilot programmes this August.
EPA partnership will allow 19 groups to test a waterway in their region to learn about plants and animals in it.
Slated as ‘expensive avoidance option’ rather than a solution.
The European Union banned the use of diquat in 2018 due to concerns about the effects on people and birds.
Much work to be done, even though report ‘sets the bar very high’.
Timaru and Waimakariri district councils may yet be joined by Whangārei .
Avian botulism outbreak prompts latest approach to planning.