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Petition calls for halt to water exports

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/03/2017

© Shutterstock A 15,000 strong petition calling on the government to place a moratorium on freshwater exports is due to be presented to parliament.

At the same time, organisers say, demonstrations are planned outside council offices nationwide.

Bung the Bore, the group behind the petition and the demonstrations, says the protest is about putting people and the environment above the demands of private interests who are exploiting New Zealand's fresh water.

"Currently there are 74 bottling plants across the country with permits to take New Zealand's most pure fresh water to bottle and sell overseas," said Bung the Bore founder Jen Branje.

"In many parts of our country people are struggling to access clean, safe water yet at the same time billions of litres are being given away to private companies for nothing."

The petition is due to be handed to Labour MP David Parker.

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