DairyNZ says pub­lic want­ing cleaner wa­ter no sur­prise

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

The re­sults from the Col­mar Brun­ton sur­vey of the pub­lic that showed the pub­lic care about wa­ter­ways is no sur­prise, and re­in­forces that all ki­wis care deeply about New Zealand.

DairyNZ CE Tim Mackle says we be­lieve so strongly that ki­wis care about wa­ter­ways that we’re start­ing a move­ment, where the vi­sion is clear — we want all new Zealan­ders to do their bit to look after rivers, lakes and beaches and you can find out more at the­vi­sion­is­clear.co.nz

“Dairy has an im­por­tant role to play, as about 15 per cent of New Zealand’s streams run through dairy farms,” says Tim.

“And dairy farm­ers have been do­ing their bit, with 97 per cent of wa­ter­ways on a dairy farm fenced off from stock, and sig­nif­i­cant work to put in ri­par­ian mar­gins and wet­lands. “Farm­ers over the last ten years have also been sig­nif­i­cantly in­vest­ing in ef­flu­ent man­age­ment sys­tems that work with the land and DairyNZ con­tin­ues to in­vest mil­lions of dol­lars into re­search, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy that will look after our wa­ter­ways.”

He says claims that in­ten­si­fied farm­ing con­trib­utes to wa­ter qual­ity de­clines are both ac­cu­rate and mis­lead­ing.

“The re­al­ity is that all types of land use con­trib­ute to wa­ter qual­ity — and that farm­ing, whether it’s veg­eta­bles, fruit, beef, sheep, dairy, deer or even wine — must all work to­gether to make sure wa­ter­ways are pro­tected.

“The most pol­luted rivers ac­tu­ally run through ur­ban cen­ters, and this is where the pub­lic can do their bit too.

“Farm­ers, in­dus­try and busi­nesses who don’t pri­ori­tise look­ing after wa­ter­ways, should be held ac­count­able,” he says.

Dr Tim Mackle

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