Two small children are crossing a wire swing bridge barefoot. The bridge is above a wide, slow-moving river. Native trees and a building are visible in the background.
Hutt River, Kaitoke Regional Park.

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The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ would like to thank the following people and organisations for their invaluable contribution to Our freshwater 2020 and Environmental indicators Te taiao Aotearoa.

Data providers

We thank the following for providing data for this report:

  • Cawthron Institute
  • Department of Conservation
  • Land Water People
  • LAWA
  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • NIWA
  • regional councils.

Senior Science and Mātauranga Team

We are very grateful for the assistance of the Senior Science and Mātauranga Team, who provided advice and feedback on draft versions of this report:

  • Anne-Gaelle Ausseil: Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • Clive Howard-Williams: NIWA
  • Erica Williams: NIWA
  • James Renwick: Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jane Kitson: Kitson Consulting.

We also acknowledge Alistair Allan (Greater Wellington Regional Council) and Merilyn Merrett (Friends of Waiwhetu Stream) who provided information for the Waiwhetu Stream case study, and Jane Goodman (Department of Conservation) who provided advice and information for the īnanga infographic series.

This report was compiled by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s Environmental Reporting team.


All infographics were created by Dumpark Information Design.


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