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 5 July: Getting Real About Renting

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Auckland landlord Helen Walsh is renovating her second rental property in Howick. ( RNZ/Kate Newton )

Home ownership may still be the Kiwi dream but, for a growing number of New Zealanders, renting is the reality.

More than half the population aged 15 or over now lives in a rental property and people are renting for longer and much later into life.

The Government has focused its efforts  on trying to build more homes in an effort to meet housing demand.

But is it also time to consider the well being of those who are renting indefinitely?

Kate Newton asks what kind of changes New Zealand might need to make to its tenancy laws and culture in order for renting to become a more attractive prospect for those who have no other choice.

 

8:12 am Sunday 12 July: Future Financial Stability

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( RNZ / Diego Opatowski )

Two months on from the Reserve Banks’ report on financial stability and the three areas identified as posing a risk have worsened.

The Auckland housing market continues to spiral upward, dairy prices are still in the doldrums and global financial conditions, at least in the case of Greece, are hitting crisis point.

Some commentators say this  country needs to alter course before there is a serious readjustment.

Others are more positive.

Philippa Tolley explores how worried New Zealanders should be about financial stability