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Parliamentary Update July 2015
06 Jul 2015
The Commissioner's latest Update to Members of Parliament, including details of her recent work.

Environment Commissioner warns water quality is “not out of the woods yet”
19 Jun 2015
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released two reports on water quality, calling for further steps to safeguard the quality of New Zealand’s fresh water. 

Managing water quality: Examining the 2014 National Policy Statement
19 Jun 2015
The beauty and variety of New Zealand’s rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, and aquifers is integral to our national identity. The ‘clean green’ brand on which our tourism industry relies is underpinned by images of clear clean water. Water is the lifeblood of our agriculture.

Update report - Water quality in New Zealand: Land use and nutrient pollution
19 Jun 2015
Over recent years, public concern has grown about the quality of the water in many of New Zealand’s rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and aquifers. For Māori, this concern is very strong, because the relationship with particular awa and roto is central to identity.

Urgent call for a forum on Climate Change - Environment Commissioner
03 Jun 2015
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today issued an urgent call for a national forum to tackle climate change. 

Submission on New Zealand's contribution to the new international climate change agreement
03 Jun 2015
In December this year, a climate change conference is being held in Paris with the intent of establishing a new international agreement on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. This is the next climate change conference in a sequence that began with the creation of the United Nations Framework Convention on...