The Waikato River Authority is welcoming the release of a report from the Office of the Auditor General in relation to Crown investment in freshwater clean-up as a means of improving the work and value added by of all freshwater funders.

The report focuses mainly on the various funds administered by the Ministry for the Environment but also makes detailed comments on the work and processes of the Waikato River Authority.

Waikato River Authority Co-Chairs Hon John Luxton and Roger Pikia say while the report highlights the challenges of measuring the effectiveness of freshwater clean-up funding, it has never-the-less made a number of encouraging observations about the work of the Authority.

“After nearly nine years of operation, the Authority is in the position to be able to look to a range of projects where there have been multiple positive outcomes for the awa and for the people who are connected to her. We are pleased to be able to share our stories,” says Mr Pikia.

The report from the Office of the Auditor General, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday, has reiterated the importance of clean freshwater to New Zealanders and the crucial role it plays in our national image.

The report has also put its weight behind the development of a national framework to inform and guide funders of freshwater clean-up.

Visit our page on the report here.