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12 April 2017

State of waterways gone past tipping point

The state of some of the country's waterways have gone beyond a tipping point, according to a report from the Prime Minister's chief scientist...

Radio NZ
28 March 2017

Trout Fishing Federation Opposes Tradeable Water Rights

Charging for water should not open the door to tradeable water rights says the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers...

 NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers
23 March 2017

Whanganui River legally recognised as a "person"

The Whanganui River will become an legal entity and have a legal voice under a preliminary agreement signed between Whanganui River iwi and the Crown...


NZ Herald
23 March 2017

Group enjoys fly-fishing retreat

Ten women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer came together recently for a special weekend retreat at Wharepapa South's Castlerock...

The Country
20 March 2017

Labour demands clean up of rivers aand lakes

"Our rivers are part of our culture, part of our heritage and identity. We need to get them back to a fit state so we, and future generations, can enjoy them", says Andrew Little...

Hawkes Bay Today
16 March 2017

Proposed water quality measures don't cover streams

North Shore's streams and rivers are not required to meet any standard for human health and safety...

Forest and Bird press release
15 March 2017

Swiss angler found safe near Arthur's Pass

A Swiss man thought to be missing for a week near Arthur's Pass has been found safe near Mount White and left to continue his fishing trip...

14 March 2017

South Cantabrians rally in Timaru over water quality concerns

As well as in Timaru there were rallies at 19 centres around the country, all seeking to convince the Government to maintain high water quality standards...

Timaru Herald
14 March 2017

Over 1000 submissions on Healthy Rivers

Waikato Regional Council has received just over 1000 submissions on Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change...

Waikato Regional Council
14 March 2017

Fifteen regions rally for clean water

Fifteen Save Our Water rallies are happening across New Zealand on Tuesday at 12pm, in line with a petition being received by Green MP Catherine Delahunty in Parliament...

Manawatu Standard
13 March 2017

Cyanobacteria found in two Southland rivers

Environment Southland has found high abundance of benthic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) at the Hamilton Burn around Affleck Road and the Upukerora River../.


Environment Southland
6 March 2017

Dairy effluent discharges result in large fines

A farmer and a family company have been convicted and fined a total of $65,750 for unlawful discharges of dairy effluent on two Waikato farms...

Environment Waikato
30 Jan 2017

New Zealand should learn from European lesson on rivers

Agricultural scientist says New Zealand should learn from European lesson to clean up our rivers...

Dominion Post
27 Jan 2017

Sustainable farming systems will lead to cleaner rivers

Pastoral agriculture, dairy farming and intensive sheep and beef and arable farming are the major contributors to declining water quality in New Zealand over the last 25 years..

26 Jan 2017

TDC criticised for failing to hear community’s river concern

The Tasman District Council has been sharply criticised for its plan to allow even more water to be taken from the Motueka River, despite widespread community opposition...

Fish and Game
19 Jan 2017

Public frustration about dirty rivers spilling over

Greenpeace says a $40,000 attack on a farmer’s irrigation machinery could be a sign of overwhelming public frustration about polluted rivers...

17 Jan 2017

'Poor' season for Rangitata River salmon fishery

Peter Ritchie who has been visiting the same spot for 40 years thinks the fishing at Rangitata has declined due to the new irrigation ponds..


Fish and Game
17 Jan 2017

Despite water levels dropping irrigators escape bans

Although water levels are dropping in rivers and streams across the Hawkes Bay region, and groundwater levels in the aquifers are well below normal, total irrigation bans are not on the horizon yet...

Hawkes Bay Today
11 Jan 2017

Greenpeace calls on the Dairy Industry to come clean

Greenpeace claims Dairy NZ is making a cynical attempt to distract New Zealanders fromthe fact that they plan to push the national dairy herd to record numbers...

Greenpeace press release
5 Jan 2017

Wainuiomata wins river awar

Wainuiomata River has been named as Wellington region's most improved in the annual New Zealand River Awards...

5 Jan 2017

Our freshwater health crisis - intervention urgently needed

Laurel Tierney reports that many lakes and rivers over the past 45 years have moved beyond the intensive care stage and are in crisis...

15 Dec 2016

Supreme Court to hear Ruataniwha Dam appeal

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on whether the Ruataniwha irrigation project can go ahead in Hawke's Bay...

Radio NZ
11 Dec 2016

1080 rained down on us and river, says fishing guide

Scott Murray fishing guide of Murchison's River Haven Lodge says he and wealthy American clients were hit by 1080 pellets on a West Coast river ...

Nelson Mail

1 Dec 2016

Salmon die suddenly after being released for kids event

A children's fishing day has gone belly up after a run of salmon died just minutes after being released into a Blenheim river...

The Marlborough Express
1 Dec 2016

Moratorium sought over Ruataniwha Dam plans

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has requested its investment company HBRIC place a moratorium on the Ruataniwha Dam until a review of the scheme is complete...

Radio NZ
29 Nov 2016

Key supporter of Ruataniwha Dam resigns

Andy Pearce has resigned as the chair of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's investment company HBRIC, which is developing the $900 million water storage project...


Radio NZ
28 Nov 2016

Rotorua streams known for ‘trophy brown trout’ set to open

Anglers are gearing up to target some of New Zealand’s “biggest wild trout” as some renown Rotorua streams open for summer...

Eastern Fish and Game

22 Nov 2016


Two politicians state support for Ruataniwha dam

CHB's top two local body politicians have reiterated their strong support for the Ruataniwha Dam, which is under a cloud following Hawke's Bay Regional Council's recent decision to pause and commission a review of the project...

Hawkes Bay Today
14 Nov 2016

Anglers urged to ‘stay away’ from Clarence River

Anglers are asked to avoid the Clarence River downstream of the gorge following the recent North Canterbury earthquakes...

Fish and Game NZ
11 Nov 2016

New recreational activities bring increased risk of didymo

New recreational activities, like pack rafting, have increased the risks of didymo spreading to Southland waterways...

9 Nov 2016

Review of Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has agreed to commission an independent review of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme...

Hawkes Bay Regional Council
3 Nov 2016

Community group win 2106 NZ Rivers Award

The Waitao-Kaiate Care Group has planted more than 20,000 native trees along the banks of the river and cleaned up the once polluted Waitoa River and have been awarded the New Zealand Rivers Award...

10 Oct 2016

Ruataniwha moratorium echoed by new council majority

New Hawke's Bay Regional councillors have not even been inducted yet , changes are on the cards for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme...

NZ Herald
18 Aug 2016

NZ's whitebait and long-fin eel stocks in danger

New research suggests that long and short-fin eels, and whitebait stocks, could be all gone by 2050 because of water quality and commercial over-fishing...

16 Aug 2016

Didymo directly affects freshwater fish: new study

Fish and trout in particular are affected both directly and indirectly by didymo blooms with the biomass of fish present in didymo affected waters decreasing by up to 70%...

University of Canterbury
11 Aug 2016

Eric Clapton catches record-size salmon in Iceland

Eric Clapton, also known as “Slowhand,” is one of the greatest musicians of all time. Turns out he is just as good with a fly rod as he is with a guitar...

Outdoor hub
2 Aug 2016

How didymo affects fish numbers

Although didymo has been in NZ waters since 2004 it is only now that we have hard scientific evidence of its terrible impact on fish numbers, size and condition...

21 July 2016

Just NZ$398,000 for the ultimate fishing accessory

For just under NZ$400,000 you ccan own what has been described by its designers as the ultimate fishing accessory...

Stuff motoring
16 July 2016

Can Didymo be controlled

Research by a Kiwi and two Canadian scientists has the potential to be the silver bullet we have been looking for to control and possibly remove didymo from our waters...

4 July 2016

Stream water should be drinkable - Maori Party

The government has been put on notice that a so-called 'wadeable' freshwater standard is not good enough for Māori...

Radio NZ
29 June 2016

Protestors take anti-Ruataniwha dam message to council

About 40 opponents of the planned Ruataniwha dam staged a protest outside Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Napier headquarters...

NZ Farmer
29 June 2016

Managed aquifer recharge gives hope for water quality

A ground breaking initiative to improve declining water quality in New Zealand rivers was launched in Mid Canterbury last month...

NZ Farmer
25 June 2016

Fears raised for access to trout river

Otago Fish and Game Council chief executive Niall Watson said the present plans for public access were woefully inadequate on the Pomohka River...

Radio NZ
25 June 2016

Environmental groups protest Ruataniwha dam

Protesters will gather at the Hawke's Bay Regional Council this Wednesday to "register their distaste" with the processes surrounding the Ruataniwha dam...

Hawkes Bay Today
18 June 2016

Ratepayers' Ruataniwha dam stake under threat

Regional ratepayers could lose 20 per cent of their investment in the Ruataniwha dam within the first five years if it goes ahead...

NZ Herald
17 June 2016

Fish left without food by flow levels

The Cawthron Institute study found flow levels in rivers were almost twice as low as they should be, and too much water was being syphoned off for farm irrigation...

Radio NZ
13 June 2016

Foreign fishing guide tensions mount

More foreign fishing guides are taking advantage of New Zealand's unregulated industry and "dominating'' Southern rivers for financial gain, Fish & Game Otago says...

Otago Daily Times
12 June 2016

Councillor seeks exemption over dam decision making

The Auditor-General has been called on to investigate Hawke's Bay Regional Councillor Debbie Hewitt's alleged pecuniary conflict of interest in the Ruataniwha dam...

NZ Herald
6 June 2016

Green Party tags Mataura River as one to clean up

The Mataura River is one of 10 in New Zealand the Green Party has pegged to clean up and make safe for swimming...

Southland Times
5 June 2016

Green Party launches water campaign to clean up rivers

"New Zealand needs a government to back our rivers, and to stop defending polluters," says the Green Party....

Radio NZ
29 May 2016

Trout poaching case polarises NZers

A recent case of trout poaching has polarised opinion on social media and exposed how big the cultural divide still is in New Zealand...

27 May 2016

$100 million a 'drop in the bucket' for freshwater

A $100 million fund set aside to clean up waterways has been labelled an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff...

27 May 2016

Ruataniwha dam project before Court of Appeal

Forest & Bird is appealing against a High Court ruling that approved a land swap between the Department of Conservation (DoC) and Hawke's Bay Regional Council to enable the dam to be built...

Radio NZ
26 May 2016

New $100m fund to improve water quality

A new fund of $100 million of operating funding over 10 years will support initiatives to clean up New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and aquifers, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says...

Press Release: NZ Government
20 May 2016

Second man jailed for trout poaching

A man jailed for his involvement in large-scale trout poaching sends a strong message the courts take the offence seriously, Fish and Game says...

Radio NZ
12 May 2016

Winter fishing mooted for Lake Mahinerangi

A popular fishing spot, Lake Mahinerangi, could be opened to anglers during the winter season...

Otago Daily Times
11 May 2016

Dry fly faith on a New Zealand lake

Gary Lewis describes how a cheese sandwich lands a brown trout on Lake Hawea in New Zealand...

The Bulletin
11 May 2016

Call for commission to save NZ water

Environmentalist and academic Dame Anne Salmond is calling for a waterways commission to urgently take charge of the country's water, warning that killing the waterways would be dangerous for society and the economy...

Radio NZ
4 May 2016

Dam protest in Wellington

Six tonnes of dairy sewage has been dumped in the middle of Wellington in a protest by Greenpeace against the Ruataniwha Dam scheme...

Hawkes Bay Today
3 May 2016

Convicted water polluters now own NZ farm

It's been revealed foreigners with a criminal history of polluting waterways now own a pristine piece of Taranaki farm land...

27 April 2016

Enough demand for Ruataniwha Dam to proced

Enough farmers and interested parties have expressed interest in the controversial Ruataniwha Dam to make it viable...

27 April 2016

Doomed Ruataniwha Scheme should be ditched by Council

The Ruataniwha irrigation scheme looks doomed, and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council should ditch it at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) council meeting, says Greenpeace today...

Greenpeace New Zealand press release
25 April 2016

Water is too valuable to squander

Anne Salmond argues that income from water use must be used to preserve sources and not be captured by private interests...

NZ Herald
22 April 2016

Editorial: Dam project struggling to hold water

Promoters of the Ruataniwha Dam have yet to confirm whether enough farmers to sign up to buy water to justify the investment...

NZ Herald
22 April 2016

Change to Taupo fishing regulations process

Fishing conditions developed by the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee such as daily bag and fish size limits, to be approved solely by the Minister of Conservation...

Government press release
21 April 2016

Council lowers Ruataniwha water buy

The Central Hawke's Bay Council has struck a blow to the Ruataniwha dam water uptake by purchasing significantly less than it originlly intended to...

Hawkes Bay Today
20 April 2016

Groundwater levels declining in Hawke's Bay aquifers

A new study has uncovered a trend of declining groundwater levels in some areas of the Heretaunga and Ruataniwha Basins...

Hawkes Bay Today
18 April 2016

Important deadline for contentious Ruataniwha Dam

The company behind the beleaguered Ruataniwha Dam has no intention of revealing whether it has met its vital water uptake target...

Hawkes Bay Today
13 April 2016

Dam's cost jumps to more than $900m

The cost of the Ruataniwha water storage project in Hawke's Bay has jumped 50 percent and is approaching the billion dollar mark...

Radio NZ
12 April 2016

ACC stay silent on Ruataniwha dam

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is refusing to confirm or deny whether it will be investing in the Ruataniwha dam in the Hawke's Bay...

Radio NZ
6 April 2016

Clean your gear to keep didymo out of Milford rivers

Trampers and rivers users on the Milford Track are urged to clean their gear before entering the area to prevent didymo being introduced to the Clinton River...

DOC press release
5 April 2016

Water sale deadline looms for Ruataniwha Dam

Farmers considering buying water from the proposed Ruataniwha Dam have about two weeks to make their decision whether the controversial $600 million scheme proceeds...

Radio New Zealand
3 April 2016

Lakes offer good trout fishing refuge

There are 3,820 lakes in NZ with a surface area more than one hectare providing a superb fishing resource....

Nelson Mail
26 March 2016

Closure of the Winter Eastern Zone in North Canterbury

The stated objective for the urgent closure of the winter fishery in North Canterbury Fish & Game’s Eastern Zone is to highlight environmental problems...

Fish and Game
23 March 2016

Milestone reached on Waikato and Waipa rivers restoration

A major milestone has been reached on the journey to restore and protect the Waikato and Waipa waterways over the next 80 years...

Environment Waikato Press Release
22 March 2016

Why Do Anglers Go All the Way to New Zealand?

This stunning video by an American attempts to explain why anglers make the long haul to the other side of the world to fish for trout in New Zealand... 

Field and Stream
22 March 2016

Fly-fishing for men diagnosed with cancer

Reel Recovery is a fly fishing retreat for men with cancer where the participants do not pay for the weekend away, only the cost to get to the location is required...

Waikato Times
18 March 2016

Forest and Bird targets Ruataniwha dam ruling

The $600 million Ruataniwha dam project faces yet another hurdle as Forest and Bird appeals against a ruling from the High Court...

Radio New Zealand
16 March 2016

Actor Michael Keaton fly-fishes unnoticed in Murchison

Oscar-winning actor Michael Keaton stayed at River Haven Lodge in Murchison and spent several days fishing, fine-dining and revelling a rare spot of anonymity...

15 March 2016

Governments Need To Value Outdoor Recreation

Author of hunting and fishing books Tony Orman of Marlborough has hit out at governments for their lack of respect for the outdoors and the environment...

Tony Orman press release
15 March 2016

Troutfishing Lobby Backs River Protection Calls

The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers, has backed calls by the Tourism Industry, the Environmental Defence Society and Department of Conservation to safeguard public rivers.

NZFFA press release
12 March 2016

ACC shouldn’t prop up Ruataniwha Dam

The Green Party is calling on the ACC Fund to not invest public money in the Ruataniwha dam...

Green party press release
10 March 2010

New type of didymo found in Connecticut

In the US the state of Connecticut has announced the discovery a new species of microscopic didymo...

Connecticut Post
6 March 2016

Tourists flee NZ after being caught fishing illegally

Increasing numbers of freedom campers are fishing illegally in lakes and rivers, with some fleeing the country before they can be prosecuted...

Stuff NZ
4 March 2016

Hawkes Bay Council defends investing in dam

There will be no conflict of interest if the regional council decides to sign up as a water user in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, says HBRIC chief executive Andrew Newman...

Hawkes Bay Today
3 March 2016

Labour backs buy-in inquiry on council backing of dam

The Labour Party has thrown its weight behind four regional councillors who called for the Auditor-General to investigate the $43.1 million-dollar buy-in to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme...

Hawkes Bay Today
2 March 2016

Ratepayers committed 'in principle' to $43m dam buy-in

The regional council has committed ratepayers "in principle" to a $43.1 million buy-in to the Ruataniwha dam, $8 million more than was originally reported...

Hawkes Bay Today
29 Feb 2016

Otago salmon fishing contest a great success

Fishingat the Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing competition saw the heaviest salmon caught weighed in at 9.5kg by Dave Taylor of Mataura...


Otago Daily Times
29 Feb 2016

Lack of Ruataniwha dam consultation sparks anger

Local MPs are outraged by the "complete lack of transparency" they say the regional council showed, committing ratepayers to a $35 million buy into the Ruataniwha Dam with no public consultation...

Hawkes Bay Today
24 Feb 2016

Ruataniwha irrigation scheme close to getting investor

A preferred private sector investor in the Ruataniwha water storage scheme is close to selection, says its primary backer, the Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Co...

Scoop Business
22 Feb 2016

Challenge to land swap for Ruataniwha dam fails

A judge has rejected a challenge to a land swap that would allow the Ruataniwha dam to proceed...

NZ Farmer
12 Feb 2016

Fly fishers spend up to $50,000 a week in Southland

An industry that flies under the radar for most Southlanders is funnelling millions into the economy, as some international fly fishing enthusiasts spend up to $50,000 a week for guides and accommodation...

Stuff: Travel
11 Feb 2016

Investors considered for Ruataniwha Dam

ACC and New Zealand Super Fund have been suggested as potential investors in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme...

Hawkes Bay Today
8 Feb 2016

Developers respond to concerns about Carp Farm in Taupo

Developers for the proposed Grass Carp farm state that their proposed fish farm will have have no negative impacts for recreational fishing and waterways around the Lake Taupō area...

Company Press Release
29 Jan 2016

Campaiging to keep didymo out

A Gisborne man has taken on the task of helping to stop a fresh water pest from entering this region and Wairoa.

Gisborne Herald
29 Jan 2016

Anglers Angry At Carp Farm Proposal for Taupo

Anglers are angry about the proposed Grass & Silver Carp farm at Taupo which has already been approved by DoC and Fish and Game" said Alan Simmons leader of the NZ Outdoors Party...

Outdoors Party press release
19 Jan 2016

Ruataniwha Dam's future still uncertain

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has still not secured an institutional investor for the controversial Ruataniwha Dam, despite saying earlier it was confident it would be able to do so by the end of 2015...

Radio NZ
15 Jan 2016

More trout tourism as tourists find out about Rangitikei

The lower dollar is attracting anglers to the trout pools of Manawatu and Rangitikei rivers...

NZ Farmer
11 Jan 2016

Climate event' blamed for trout deaths at Lake Tutira

Hawke's Bay Regional Council scientists are investigating an apparent "climate-related event" that has killed large numbers of trout and eels at Lake Tutira, north of Napier...

11 Jan 2016

Water users must agree to giving dam full support

Ruataniwha water users will be obliged to give their full support to any consent application made by Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company...

Hawkes Bay Today
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