FROM THE EDITOR
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.