An environmental scientist says the new State of the Environment reports will be a reality check for the Government.
Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced New Zealand will join the rest of the OECD and begin issuing the reports every three years. They would be compiled by the Government Statistician and the Secretary for the Environment.
Air, sea, land, freshwater, climate and the atmosphere will be scrutinised and reported on every three years. Also, a report on one of the categories will be released every six months.
Massey University environmental sciences lecturer Mike Joy does not think the reports will make easy reading.
He says there has been a positive spin on freshwater quality during the past 20 years, so it will be embarrassing when people realise just how bad the situation really is.