Environmental reporting on fresh water

Access national environmental reporting on New Zealand’s fresh water. New Zealand's Environmental Reporting Series is co-produced by Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment.

Environment Aotearoa 2019 

Environment Aotearoa 2019 brings together data and findings from five domain reports (air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, marine and land). It helps us view our environment as a whole in all its complexity.

Using five broad themes, the report presents nine priority environmental issues. 

The following issues include a focus on fresh water.

Changes to the vegetation on our land are degrading the soil and water

Our waterways are polluted in farming areas

Our environment is polluted in urban areas

Taking water changes flows which affects our freshwater ecosystems

To access the full range of information from the report see Environment Aotearoa 2019

Our fresh water 2017Image of fresh water at a glance infographic

Key information

New Zealand's fresh water at a glance

  • This infographic provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s fresh water. It presents key findings from Our fresh water 2017.

Our fresh water 2017Cover of Our fresh water 2017 report

  • This report presents information about the state of our fresh water, the pressures on this state, and what that means for us and the environment. It is a joint report by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ.

Freshwater indicators [Environmental indicators Te Taiao Aotearoa website]

  • Graphs, maps, tables, and more detailed scientific descriptions of our key findings.

Datasets [MfE Data Service]

  • Conduct your own analysis of the data.


Read the media statement [PDF, 182 KB] From Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment.

Environment Aotearoa 2015 

Environment Aotearoa 2015 provides an overall picture of our environment across the air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine domains including interactions between domains. 

Information on fresh water 

Infographic – New Zealand’s environment at a glance 

Freshwater chapter of Environment Aotearoa 2015  

Key findings including fresh water – Environment Aotearoa 2015

Freshwater indicators — Fresh water [Environmental indicators Te Taiao Aotearoa website]

Datasets — Fresh water [MfE Data Service] 

Find out more

For the latest national environmental reporting on air, atmosphere and climate, marine and land, see the Environmental reporting homepage.