Tagged: Rivers

Three rivers are now legally people – but that’s just the start of looking after them - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 29, 2017

By Erin O’Donnell, University of Melbourne and Julia Talbot-Jones, Australian National University In the space of a week, the world has gained three notable new legal persons: the Whanganui River in New Zealand, and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India. In New Zealand, the government passed legislation that recognised the Whanganui River catchment … Read More

A pluvial and fluvial country - Waiology

Waiology Oct 14, 2014

By Daniel Collins As Sir Geoffrey Palmer once remarked, New Zealand is a pluvial[1] country. It rains a lot. On average, 2.3 metres of water falls across New Zealand each year, or 610,000 million m3 in volumetric terms (about 10 times the volume of Lake Taupo). This is more than most countries, but not all. Values vary from source to … Read More

An overview of the water quality in New Zealand rivers - Waiology

Waiology Oct 18, 2013

By Rob Davies-Colley The quality of water in rivers and downstream lakes and estuaries strongly affects how we can use it and what value we place on it. And to define water quality, it is imperative to make long-term, national measurements. Much information on the water quality of New Zealand rivers at national scale has come from monitoring at … Read More

Un-muddying the Waters: Series on NZ water quality - Waiology

Waiology Oct 14, 2013

By Daniel Collins The state of our waters is a hot button topic. Water quality has become an election issue from Southland to Northland, from towns to nation, and it is often in the news. Swimming water quality and implications of the proposed Ruataniwha water storage and irrigation scheme in Hawke’s Bay are cases in point. Sediment plume from … Read More

Nature, at your service - Waiology

Waiology Jul 13, 2011

By Daniel Collins Humans have depended on nature since we were knee-high to Australopithecus afarensis. Our ancestors drank river water, harvested berries from bushes and took refuge beneath trees. Today, we drink tap water, buy groceries from supermarkets and build houses out of trees. Over the two million intervening years, humans have increasingly co-opted and engineered natural ecosystems to meet … Read More

Nor-westers and apricot brandy - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Jan 09, 2010

I just returned from an important excursion north to Woodend this morning. I was running out of apricot brandy, a crucial ingredient for periodistas. Apparently the Kiwi palate hasn’t acquired a taste, so liquor stores don’t stock it, let alone know it exists. The Prenzel store had one last bottle. And as I drove there and back, I crossed the … Read More