N Zealand announces plan to clean up dirty waters

6 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Thursday announced plans to protect its waterways following widespread criticism that industrial farming and excessive tourism were polluting its lakes and rivers, hurting the country's environmentally pristine image.

The new measures put restrictions on farming intensification, conversion of land for dairying, and the amount of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser farmers can use on fields.

Higher standards would be put in place at popular tourist swimming spots, the government said in a statement, report agencies.

"Our rivers, lakes and wetlands are under serious threat after years of neglect," Environment Minister David Parker said in the statement.