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Reaction to environment report criticism

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/06/2016


* "Until we have a State of the Environment report which is genuinely independent of government, issues like these will continue to dog the reporting" - Greenpeace's Russel Norman

* "National has shown it's more interested in spinning a story about New Zealand's clean green image, than facing up to the reality" - Green Party's Eugenie Sage

* "The Commissioner rebukes the Ministry for the Environment on not including swimming data ... we cannot have a sensible national conversation about swimming without national data" - Federated Farmers' environment spokesman Chris Allen

* "The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ want environmental reports to be useful to as many people as possible. Dr Wright's report is very welcome in helping us achieve that goal" - Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson

* "Land use intensity that is increasing pollution to our rivers is not yet under control. National's wadability - rather than swimability - minimum standard is part of the problem" Labour's David Parker

* "While reporting on the State of the Environment is important, it is critical that where problems are identified this leads to action," - WWF NZ executive director Chris Howe

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