Report confirms the challenges ahead for the clean-up of the Waikato River

The Waikato River Authority says a report just out from the Waikato Regional Council on water quality in the Waikato River confirms the challenges ahead in cleaning-up the Waikato River.

The report highlights a general increase in nitrogen levels although some other indicators of water quality show improvements.

Waikato River Authority co-chairs Tukoroirangi Morgan and Hon John Luxton say the report supports the Authority’s view that a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach on the future of the Waikato River is required.

The co-chairs says government, local government and industry will need to work together, as they are now doing, to ensure the long term improvement of the health and well-being of the river.

“Improvement steps that are implemented now will take time to show positive results in river water quality. There is clearly a challenge ahead and it can only be met through collaboration and a commitment to a cleaner river.”

The Authority is a co-governance body established between the Crown and Waikato River Iwi to restore and protect the Waikato River. The Authority covers a catchment area of 11,000 square kilometres for New Zealand’s longest river. Over the next 27 years the Authority will administer $250 million to support the achievement of its purpose

For further information contact:
Philip Burton,
Communication Manager,
Waikato River Authority
021 428748 or 07 8580412