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Reaction to govt's new clean water target

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S GOAL OF MAKING 90 PER CENT OF LAKES AND RIVERS SAFE FOR SWIMMING BY 2040

* "It will return our rivers and lakes to a standard not seen in 50 years while recognising that our frequent major rainfalls mean a 100 per cent standard is not realistic." - Environment Minister Nick Smith

* "The reforms will result in 56,000km more fences protecting New Zealand's waterways." - Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy

* "In a jaw-dropping display of political hypocrisy the government has announced a fresh water policy that was promised by Labour in 2008." - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "What was once only safe for wading is now to be considered safe for swimming." - Green Party water spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty

* "Nick Smith's target of swimmable rivers by 2040 is a massive backdown from saying just a year ago that it wasn't practical." - NZ First leader Winston Peters.

* "We need to be looking out for future generations while ensuring New Zealanders today can have maximum enjoyment of our unique environment." - United Future leader Peter Dunne

* "All they're proposing is that the current situation is maintained." - Forest and Bird's chief executive Kevin Hague.

* "This is entirely doable if everyone plays their part." - Federated Farmers' water spokesman Chris Allen.

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