We want swimmable rivers

Tiakina Ngā Wai

The Green Party can make our rivers safe for swimming again.

See how

What's the Problem?

Our rivers are not safe to swim in!

Our rivers aren't safe to swim in

because of water pollution from farms, factories, sewage and urban contamination.

Government's standards not good enough

their bottom line is wading and boating - not safe swimming

We can clean up our dirty rivers

and make them safe for New Zealanders to swim in again.

We will show how we can clean up

ten dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming again.


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Henry Burrows CC BY-SA 2.0


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Malcolm Peacey CC BY-SA 2.0


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Francesco Scotti CC BY-SA 2.0


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Syd3r CC BY-SA 2.0


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Copyright Rob Suisted


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Catnthehat CC BY-SA 2.0


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Copyright Rob Suisted

What's the solution?

Swimmable, not just wadeable

Require as a minimum that our rivers and lakes be safe for swimming in the National Policy Statement, not just the current ‘safe for wading and boating’

Nick Thompson CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Clean farming

Fence farms from rivers and creeks, plant river banks to absorb excess run-off, and put a hold on new conversions of land to dairy farms.

Amy Dozier CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Stop new pollution

Introduce a charge on water used for irrigation, wind-up government subsidies to irrigation and water storage, and put a hold on new water storage schemes.

Smart solutions to pollution

Develop national standards to limit pollution, a levy on pollution, urban design to reduce stormwater pollution, and invest in smarter sewerage systems.

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