6 Sep 2019

Government's healthy waterway plan

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 6 September 2019
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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The government's proposals to restore the quality of the nation's waterways would see tighter restrictions on intensification of land, all farms requiring management plans addressing water quality, some farms facing nitrate caps and further fencing requirements and standards around winter grazing.

Do the proposals strike the right balance? Or are farmers - as Federated Farmers has suggested - being "thrown under the tractor"?

Lynn talks with Dr John Penno, chairman of the Freshwater Leaders' Group which contributed to the proposals, Gary Taylor from the Environmental Defense Society and Federated Farmers President Katie Milne.