Our water, our land, our future

Tackling Southland’s water quality is a big, complex challenge.

For 150 years we’ve been modifying our land and water resources to create a better life for ourselves and a stronger economy for our region. Over that time, water quality in Southland has declined.

If we want healthy water in the future, we need to do things differently. Working together, we need to stop our water quality getting worse and do our best to improve it.

The good news is we’ve already started—now it’s time to take the next steps.

People, Water and Land programme - Te Mana o te Tangata, te Wai, te Whenua —is about taking the next steps to improve Southland’s water and land.

The programme is a partnership between Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama Inc. (the environmental arm of Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku). Its vision is 'inspiring change to improve Southland’s water and land'.

People, Water and Land brings people further into the equation because we know people are integral to any change.

We want to work together more closely, to take the practical actions that make a real difference to water quality—for our own well-being and that of future generations.

Working together, we can change Southland’s water quality to build a more resilient Southland and create a thriving future.

Ki uta ki tai - from the mountains to the sea - everyone has a part to play.