About Our fresh water 2017 report

The latest report in the New Zealand's Environmental Reporting Series – Our fresh water 2017 – equips every New Zealander with independent information on the state of their environment and helps inform decision making.

Our fresh water 2017 looks at the state of our freshwater environment and what pressures created that state. 

It focuses on three key themes:

  • water quality
  • water quantity and flows
  • ecosystems, habitats and species. 

Building on the fresh water chapter in Environment Aotearoa 2015, this is the first dedicated report on fresh water to be released under the Environmental Reporting Act and will be an important benchmark for tracking change over time.

Significant environmental change is generally not seen in the space of a couple of years so in this report we have focused on adding breadth to create a more complete national picture of our freshwater environment.  A list of new and updated measures since Environment Aotearoa 2015 is below and more information can be found on the Stats NZ website.

Access Our fresh water 2017, the infographic, web indicators and data service from the Environmental reporting on fresh water web page.

New Measures Updated measures Not updated measures

Selected barriers to freshwater fish in Hawke’s Bay

 

Consented freshwater takes

 

Conservation status of New Zealand’s freshwater fish and invertebrates

 

Cultural Health Index for freshwater bodies

 

Groundwater pesticides

 

Kaitiakitanga of the Waikouaiti catchment

 

Lake submerged plant index

 

Tau kōura: freshwater crayfish traditional fishing method

 

Trends in freshwater fish

 

Urban stream water quality

 

Value of water resources for hydroelectric generation

Groundwater quality

 

Lake water quality

 

River water quality for:

  • Macroinvertebrate community index
  • clarity
  • E.coli
  • nitrogen
  • phosphorus

Trends in nitrogen leaching from agriculture

 

Geographic pattern of agricultural nitrate leaching

 

Geographic pattern of natural river flows

 

Groundwater physical stocks

 

Streambed sedimentation

 

Wetland extent

 

Location and extent of aquifers

 

Participation in recreational fishing

 

Freshwater pests

 

Reviewed:
27/04/17