Nick Smith to talk about water policy

Concerns raised by the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply and suspicions harboured about the part played by the Tuki Tuki River make it timely that Environment Minister Nick Smith will talk about the state of the nation’s environment at Lincoln University on August 30.

The Minister will deliver the 2016 State of the Nation’s Environment Address.

He is expected particularly to focus on freshwater issues following the public consultation in the Next Steps document  This will include identifying swimming areas and improving swimming water quality, the proposed stock exclusion regulations and good management practice for farming and other land use.

The Next Steps process is aimed at better environmental outcomes, enabling sustainable economic growth to support new jobs and exports, and improving Māori involvement in freshwater decision-making. It is part of the Government’s long-term reforms which are based on supporting communities to identify and test solutions that meet their own challenges, but within a national framework.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the address and to meet the Minister during drinks and nibbles in the School of Landscape Architecture foyer.

Details: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (doors open at 5:15) Tuesday 30 August, Stewart Lecture Theatre, Stewart Building, Lincoln University

Organiser: Lincoln University and Centre for Nature Conservation

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