Fish & Game NZ says the Government's freshwater reform package will wreck legislation protecting New Zealand's rivers and lakes.
"This Government is trying to dupe the public by saying it is 'improving' the Water Conservation Order process, when in reality its plans will render WCOs useless as a tool to protect rivers from a greedy few for increased irrigation and intensive farming," says Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson.
"Make no mistake - this is all about escalating the public water grab for private industry."
Environment Minister Amy Adams says proposed reforms should get people away from using courts to solve disputes.
Adams says water quality is deteriorating in parts of the country and it wants local councils and communities instead of the Environment Minister or the Environment Court to determine how water is managed.
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