NZ Tourism greets ‘swimmable river pledge’ with open arms!

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

indexThe farming leaders and the tourism industry are jointly working towards their pledge of making all the rivers in New Zealand swimmable. The pledge admits the fact that not all rivers in New Zealand are in proper condition.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Chris Roberts explains that safeguarding and developing the fresh water resources of New Zealand’s has the need of the hour and every industry and New Zealander should work towards it.

To quote Roberts, “like the agriculture sector, tourism has a direct interest in this issue. Clean, fresh rivers and lakes are essential to many of our most iconic tourism activities, including rafting, kayaking, jet boating and fishing. Healthy fresh water ecosystems are fundamental to supporting our natural landscapes, which are the main reason international visitors come here.”

Mr. Roberts says that it’s been long now that TIA has been a committed member of the Land & Water Forum and is constantly emphasizing the urgency to develop the quality of the fresh water in the rivers of New Zealand. Lately, few constructive steps have been taken along with other members of the forum.

To quote Roberts, “our Tourism Election Manifesto calls on the incoming Government to demonstrate a serious commitment to protecting the environment, recognizing its importance to tourism. This includes a commitment to enhancing New Zealand’s fresh water resources. Post the election, we want to see the fresh water standards revised. TIA wants to be part of any future consultation to improve our lakes and waterways and we look forward to working alongside farming leaders, other sectors and government to achieve better outcomes.”

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