Nature at risk: Damning report warns environment in serious trouble

A bleak picture of the state of New Zealand’s environment has been painted by the government’s official report, Environment Aotearoa 2019.

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost.

The report has outlined nine priority areas which are detailed below.


Land Use

Urban growth

Water pollution in rural areas

Pollution in urban areas

Taking freshwater

Marine fishing

Greenhouse gas pollution

Climate change


By: Kate Gudsell, Environment Reporter, Radio New Zealand

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