Chemical Drains

Chemical contamination in New Zealand's fresh water is failing to be recognised under New Zealand's National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (the legislation that is supposed to manage and protect NZ's fresh water). Jodie Bruning has written a thorough account of chemical pollution in water, the lack of monitoring to detect the extent of the... Continue Reading →

Our deadly nitrogen addiction

"Humanity is facing an unprecedented dilemma - how to feed a burgeoning population while resources decline and the ability of the Earth's ecosystems and atmosphere to absorb pollution diminishes." The human population has reached a level far in excess of the ability of the planet to sustain it long-term through using synthetic nitrogen. The 'green... Continue Reading →


The degradation of New Zealand's freshwaters Mike Joy explains how in the last few decades environmental protection has been deregulated, allowing a few to profit while polluting on a massive scale, and how that has led to the destruction we see today. This reality is denied and covered-up so that relatively few are aware of... Continue Reading →

Frying away our fish

It might still be a surprise to some that one of New Zealand's national delicacies is made up of threatened species. These threatened species' are known collectively as whitebait and are the juveniles of five different native freshwater fish species in the Galaxiidae family, mostly only found in New Zealand. They are: īnanga, kōaro, banded kōkopu,... Continue Reading →

The Ecological Realities of New Zealand Podcast

Mike Joy was recently interviewed on Sentient Seas - a website presenting interviews, podcasts, and essays on a range of topics aimed to inspire the change needed for a better future. The interview discusses some of the ecological situations New Zealand is faced with, the lack of environmental management by councils and the Government, farming options... Continue Reading →

Freshwater for Life supports call to prioritise freshwater quality

Freshwater for Life is announcing their support for the Choose Clean Water tour, which will see four young New Zealanders visit over 25 lakes and rivers around the country to document how the deterioration in water quality is affecting local people and aquatic life. The group will be collecting signatures for a petition calling for... Continue Reading →

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