It seems the critical issue of clean swimmable water for New Zealanders has passed into the realms of magical realism.
Minister for Magic, Nick Smith waved his blue wand and wadeable rivers miraculously turned into ones you can swim in.
All it takes is a little fiddling with the standards.
This week Smith made a brave promise that 90 per cent of rivers would be swimmable by the year 2040.
On the surface an applaudable sentiment, a move in the right direction, but anyone who has been following the freshwater debate will see right through it.
Only a year ago the Environment Minister was saying that aiming for swimmable rivers was "impractical".
So what changed to make it practical?
Over the summer there's been a tipping point in public opinion.
Thanks to efforts by many environmenta... Read more >