Mountains to Sea

Mountains to Sea

Solving New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis

It strikes me with great clarity that if you look at the problems in isolation they each seem intractable; but when you grasp that there could be one single solution, then suddenly there is a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.

The state of New Zealand’s freshwater has become a pressing public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it?

In Mountains to Sea, leading ecologist Mike Joy teams up with thinkers from all walks of life to consider how we can solve New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including food production, public health, economics and Māori narratives of water. Mountains to Sea offers new perspectives on this urgent problem.

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Mike Joy; Tina Ngata; Nick Kim; Vanessa Hammond; Alison Dewes; Paul Tapsell, Peter Fraser; Kyleisha Foote; Catherine Knight; Steve Carden; Phil McKenzie; Chris Perley.

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Nov 2018
Pages: 200
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988545431
DOI: 10.7810/9781988545431

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'Ecologist issues dire warning about NZ's freshwater' (9'21''), Newshub Nation, 26 November 2018.

'A glimpse of light in confronting NZ’s environmental crisis' [book extract], Mike Joy, The Spinoff, 21 November 2018.

'Mike Joy - Solving NZ's freshwater crisis', Jesse Mulligan, 12 November 2018.

'Mike Joy - Solving NZ's freshwater crisis', Jesse Mulligan, 12 November 2018.

'You can’t be a kaitiaki from a distance', Kennedy Warne, e-Tangata, 11 November 2018.

'Wai Māori: a Māori perspective on the freshwater debate' [book extract], Tina Ngata, The Spinoff, 6 November 2018.