A recent report, released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA), reveals that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites are improving than deteriorating.
This seems to be a real dividing factor in NZ at present, with many people unsatisfied and constantly looking for a scapegoat.
However, the encouraging national picture has been welcomed by scientists and local government who pointed to freshwater ecosystem management practices as likely contributing to the progress.
LAWA Chairman Stephen Woodhead says that the story is different than media are portraying & that farmers are pulling their weight and working on improving water quality.
A first in the world, LAWA is part of a project run by regional councils that displays our entire countries environmental data on one website.
Watch the full interview with Stephen Woodhead above.