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National survey seeks New Zealanders’ view on water

Water New Zealand has just launched a major survey which it hopes will help the water sector grapple with the growing challenges around planning and managing the country’s water resources.

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'Serious pressures' facing rivers, Government report finds

Most of New Zealand's native freshwater species are at risk of extinction as water quality faces "serious pressures", a Government report says.

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Water metering code of practice updates

Water New Zealand is currently updating the industries “Water meter code of practice”.

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IPENZ expands membership pathway

IPENZ is changing its membership structure to create a simpler and stronger pathway for all types of engineers.

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When the river runs dry: The true cost of NZ water

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson from Newsroom

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2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) Abstracts Closing

Abstract submissions for the 2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) are closing on the 30th of April.

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IPENZ Engineering to Employment Campaign

Make the World illustrates the wide range of choices available within the engineering industry, and features engineers who have studied a Bachelor of Engineering Technology or a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

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Colour coding our rivers for quality

Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment

FRESH water is one of New Zealand's key strategic assets. It is why we are so good at growing food.

It is pivotal to our clean green tourism brand. It is part of what makes for our great Kiwi lifestyle.

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Metadata Update

The documents housed within this link will be used as the basis for the upcoming workshops (1st, 2nd and 3rd of May). The aim of these workshops is to work through feedback to date, and propose any amendment/s required to enable public release of the standards.

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Drinking Water Quality Report

The Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2015/16 was published on the Ministry of Health's website this afternoon 12 April 2017

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Water Fools? - Southern Lakes: a changing landscape

As a population explosion engulfs Queenstown and Wanaka, local councils and water scientists are fighting a race against time to protect the Southern Lakes' pristine waters from urban run-off.

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No simple fix to dirty waterways

OPINION by Pattrick Smellie: Much reporting of the prime minister's chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman's research into freshwater resources seemed to shred further the Government's tenuous credibility on this increasingly politicised issue.

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Water Fools? - Worry in Waihora

In another episode in RNZ's focus on water issues, reporter Kate Gudsell looks at the Canterbury region where 63 percent of the country's irrigated water comes from.

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Water fools? - Spray and pray

In the Rangitikei, it is known colloquially as 'spray and pray', a new practice of un-monitored intensive farming, stripping land of pasture and grazing stock in mobs.

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Waters of New Zealand: Inside the Bottle

Some time ago, l was buying mineral water at a supermarket in Wellington. Next to me, a woman was choosing water to buy, and l asked her to what she paid the most attention when making a purchase. She said first of all, it was the price, and also its appearance.

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Collaborative effort means better protection for Canterbury's braided rivers

The Rangitata River is the first focus for a group tasked with protecting the margins of Canterbury's braided rivers.

The group includes Environment Canterbury (ECan), Fish and Game, Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Ngai Tahu, Forest and Bird, and Federated Farmers.

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Sir Michael Cullen to head review over Edgecumbe flood

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is commissioning an independent review of the circumstances that led to the flooding at Edgecumbe.

The inquiry would be led by Sir Michael Cullen, council chairperson Doug Leeder said

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RMA Reforms Pass

The eagerly awaited Resource Legislation Amendment Bill ( Bill) passed its third reading 6 April 2017. The third reading comes 16 months after it was first introduced to Parliament in November 2015 and was the last hurdle to the National-led Government delivering changes to the Resource Management Act ( RMA), first discussed five years ago.

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Risks to low-lying South Dunedin revealed in sea-level rise maps

Digital maps have revealed the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding on South Dunedin.

The low-lying area was hit by flooding on June 3 2015, and later that year Environment Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released a report noting that in Dunedin there were more homes less than 50 centimetres above the high tide mark than any other New Zealand city.

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Dam scheme proposed to solve Christchurch's dwindling water supply

A new dam scheme could help protect Christchurch's dwindling water supply - but charging residents for the water they use is still being considered.