Media release from the Prime Minister and Environment Minister:
The Government has today announced the next step in its plan to clean up our rivers and lakes by supporting community-led programmes, delivering on the Wellbeing Budget’s investment to clean up our waterways.
“Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their river without getting sick,” Jacinda Ardern said.
“Sadly, half of our monitored swimming sites are not safe for swimming.
“Today, we are focusing on cleaning up the Kaipara, the largest estuary in New Zealand, showing how it will be done – a unified effort led by the community, with Government support.