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Voters want bottled water royalty: poll

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

An overwhelming number of voters want a royalty charged on exported bottled water, an opinion poll has shown.

The Newshub poll showed nearly 90 per cent favour a royalty - an opinion shared across party supporters

Of the National voters polled, 88 per cent said yes to a royalty, as did 85 per cent of Labour supporters, 91 per cent of Green Party supporters and 89 per cent of NZ First supporters.

At present companies can take water from springs and aquifers for no charge other than a small payment for a consent.

The issue blew up earlier this year when a petition was presented to parliament asking for a moratorium on bottled water exports.

The government had been reluctant to do anything, but in March it said it would review the situation and asked an expert advisory group for a report on water pricing.

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