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It’s usu­ally farm­ers that get the big pointy stick thrust in their di­rec­tion in con­ver­sa­tions about who is pol­lut­ing our wa­ter­ways.

We’ve all seen photos of cows in rivers, after all.

Twice in the last week we’ve read of sewage seep­ing into wa­ter­ways in two of our tourist hotspots with not a bovine in sight. Swim­mers have been dip­ping their peep­ers in un­treated sew­er­age in Lake Wanaka for six years, and the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil has breached en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards when sewage from its new $30m plant has spilled into the Sho­tover River. Just the sort of news we want tourists to be read­ing when they’re spend­ing up large in our re­sort towns.

And while our farm­ers could find them­selves slapped with a fine or stand­ing in the dock for pol­lut­ing, there seems to be very lit­tle talk of the QLDC fac­ing the same drama. Surely if we all have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for clean­ing up our wa­ter­ways, we should all be sub­ject to the same pun­ish­ment when we get it wrong too.

Rachael Kelly RE­PORTER: Rachael Kelly (03) 209-0114, 027 641 4281, rachael.kelly@fair­fax­me­; NEWS DIREC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@fair­fax­me­, 027 200 4404; SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McKin­ney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mckin­ney@fair­fax­me­ ME­DIA AC­COUNT EX­EC­U­TIVE: Doreen Scoullar (03) 209 0117, 027 836 4667 doreen.scoullar@fair­fax­me­; ME­DIA SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Tyla Routhan (03) 209 0118, (027) 562 7381 tyla.routhan@fair­fax­me­; CLAS­SI­FIEDS: Shirley Cleaver (03) 209 0108; AD DEAD­LINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds Wed­nes­day 10am. AD­DRESS: 171 Main St, PO Box 66, Gore 9740. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: neigh­ ON­LINE:, south­land­

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