Insight

Insight for 18 March 2012

Lois Williams investigates efforts to preserve the water and wildlife in Northland's Wairua River.

Norhtland waterGroups worried about the state of New Zealand's rivers  are planning to set up a national network of Environmental River Patrols at a meeting in Wellington next weekend.

Insight investigates one of the drivers behind the move, the efforts to improve the health of a major Northland river, the Wairua.

 

 

(The meeting to set up the Environment River Patrol Aotearoa is being held in the Wellington Town Hall on Saturday 24th starting at 11a.m)

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 31 May: Insight: Auckland - Our Shining Star or Black Hole?

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Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Photo: 123RF

The "super city" of Auckland is now home to a third of New Zealand's population and economy and it is growing quickly. Official estimates predict most of the country's population growth will happen there, putting the city on track to account for 40 percent within 20 years.

The Reserve Bank has announced measures to deal with the city's house price boom, which the bank says is skewing the national economy.

But the city's astronomical rise is alarming the provinces, who say their contribution to the national economy is being ignored.

In this Insight, Ian Telfer, digs deeper into Auckland's dominance, and investigates whether it is in the national interest for Auckland to be the focus for investment, jobs and immigrants.

Is Auckland a shining star leading New Zealand towards a better future or is it a black hole sucking in resources and limiting this country's attempts to keep up with the rest of the developed world?