Restoring the mauri of our oceans

13 September 2017
The Firth of Thames

In the last few months there has been increasing focus on the perilous state of our streams and rivers, highlighted by Government reports and in the media.  This has led to an intense debate on water in New Zealand, its use, and who should bear the cost of cleaning our taonga.  

However, two important points have received little attention.

First, any “non-swimmable” rivers or streams, whether polluted from rural or urban sources, eventually flow into the sea.

Second, the mauri of our freshwaters, estuaries, harbours and oceans has been compromised.

Professor Mary A. Sewell, Dr Daniel Hikuroa, and Emily Frost (University of Auckland); Lucy Tukua (Ngati Paoa, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Tahinga) and Richelle Kahui-McConnell (Ngati Maniapoto) - discuss the challenges and how we can restore the mauri of our oceans.

Read Dirty rivers destroying mauri of our oceans (Newsroom)