Are the existing standards too low for environmental protection?

News 05/09/2019

Minister for Environment David Parker joins Magic Talk Drive Thursday afternoon following the announcement from Government that farmers and councils will be held responsible for freshwater quality.

The proposals were outlined in a draft National Policy Statement and National Environment Standards: Freshwater paper in order to protect waterways "under serious threat".

The Minister rejects any suggestions that the report, or it’s interim measures aiming to improve water quality, will put any strain on farmers to continue to provide New Zealand’s agricultural output saying, “We don’t have to choose one or the other.”

During the interview the Minister comments that "one of the problems with existing rules is that the standard being aimed for is too low." The report attempts to rectify that by bringing standards in line with swimming standards.

You can listen to the full interview above.