The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

What’s go­ing on? There must be some­thing in the wa­ter.

Wa­ter is at the heart of an in­creas­ing per­cep­tion that all is not well in the land of the usu­ally laid-back Kiwi.

Wor­ries are there’s too much muck in our ev­ery­day or gar­den va­ri­ety wa­ter­ways, while the pure stuff is be­ing ex­tracted for a song and sold off overseas.

Both is­sues have prompted pro-ac­tive protests.

Dur­ing Jan­uary, lo­cal group Choose Clean Wa­ter doc­u­mented grow­ing con­cerns around the coun­try about the state of the coun­try’s rivers, streams and lakes.

The Mor­gan Foun­da­tion has also ‘‘gone into bat’’ for health­ier and cleaner wa­ter­ways.

Now former TV pre­sen­ter Ta­mati Coffey has launched an on-line pe­ti­tion call­ing for the gov­ern­ment to give lo­cal au­thor­i­ties the right to levy mar­ket value charges on wa­ter ex­trac­tion com­pa­nies.

The rev­enue raised is to be used to clean up our sur­face messes. Sounds fair enough.

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