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  • It has been said that any future World War may well be fought on the issue of water. So where do we stand? Auckland is blessed with generally reliable rainfall at a level which should guarantee adequate supplies for domestic and industrial use. Yet over recent years we have experienced times when water use was restricted because of either a prolonged dry period or because of a major dam being out of commission.
    Article - 2009-08-12 14:11
  • Environment Canterbury will be invoicing consent holders for their Water Science Charges in the first quarter of this year. The new Water Science Consent-holder Charge – which has been introduced this financial year – applies to individuals, companies and organisations with consents to take water or discharge to water or land. The invoices cover the period from July 2010 to June 2011.
    Article - 2011-01-27 15:31
  • Fish & Game NZ is supporting international calls for Global Water Footprint Standards which would hold industries accountable for their impact on our finite water resources. “Pressure is mounting for countries to be more accountable for the water they use and the impact industries have on water scarcity and its environmental degradation,” says Fish & Game NZ chief executive Bryce Johnson. Water footprint assessments assist governments and industries to measure and understand water use and the impact on the resource throughout the supply chain.
    Article - 2011-03-01 15:00
  • The Government today released the final report of the Land and Water Forum that was presented to Environment Minister Nick Smith and Agriculture Minister David Carter this week saying it provides a good framework for advancing water reform.
    Article - 2011-04-08 18:30
  • Environment Minister Nick Smith and Agriculture Minister David Carter today announced the Government's fresh water policy package saying improved water management is needed to grow the economy while better caring for our rivers, lakes and aquifers. “This balanced package is about getting the right rules and funding in place to support irrigation development and economic growth, while ensuring protection of the environment,” the Ministers said. The package comprises:
    Article - 2011-05-10 10:00
  • A National Policy Statement for Fresh Water Management that recognises the value of fresh water to New Zealand and gives stronger national direction to councils was announced recently. This National Policy Statement is about Government giving clear direction to councils on the importance of improving New Zealand’s fresh water management, according to Environment Minister Nick Smith.
    Article - 2011-05-10 10:55
  • The New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) is the major national society for individuals and organisations with interests in freshwater sciences, management and education in New Zealand and internationally, with more than 350 members. The Society strongly endorses many aspects of the National Policy Statement in Freshwater Management (NPS), particularly in addressing the present inefficiencies of water use in New Zealand and in setting limits for both water quantity and quality that will ensure there is not continued degradation of freshwater resources.
    Article - 2011-05-10 16:02
  • A University of Canterbury academic has developed new methods that can help groundwater catchment managers match users' rights with scarce water resources. In a paper titled "Matching users' rights to available groundwater", published in the journal Ecological Economics, Dr John Raffensperger (Management) outlines a number of methods that use the framework of a smart market to align users' rights to available water in an efficient and sustainable manner.
    Article - 2011-06-08 12:00
  • The fertiliser industry sees challenging times ahead as the country grapples with achieving agricultural economic growth while managing the country’s fresh water resources. In the July issue of Fertiliser Matters, Fert Research Technical Director, Dr Philip Mladenov, says this “isn’t surprising given the diversity of interests involved in managing fresh water, and the urgency with which we must address issues around allocation and quality.”
    Article - 2011-07-19 13:45
  • It is now expected to be late this year before the Environment Court rules on Waikato Regional Council’s proposed Variation 6 to the regional plan, which seeks to better manage the growing pressure on the Waikato’s fresh water resources.
    Article - 2011-08-10 18:00