Challenging our "clean green" image

How wonderful are our waterways? 

Aotearoa New Zealand is famous world-wide for its "clean green" image. Current news is highlighting the major issue of water pollution in our waterways, and how changes need to be made.

Many different groups are involved and affected by the quality of our water, which has sparked much debate around the country.

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Watch this video to learn more about the report on the quality of the Waikato river.

Watch this video which is used to promote Aotearoa to the world. What are we portraying? Can we as a nation say this is a true representation of our current environment?

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Read this article to hear what Environment Minister Nick Smith has responded with to the different perspectives and points raised about pollution in our waterways. 

This video shows how water may be transformed from "dirty" water to drinking water. Do you know where your drinking water comes from?

This site contains lots of interesting information on water pollution in New Zealand. It not only looks at what causes the pollution, but also what has been done to attempt to resolve the issue. 

Across the globe, India has been struggling with water pollution to a much greater extent. How does this highlight the urgency to address the issue in Aotearoa? 
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Steph Peck,
7 Apr 2016, 13:56