Finally, the long-delayed "action plan for freshwater" discussion document has arrived.

And with it the same old tired tropes are once again being trotted out for yet another maudlin turn around the dancefloor.

Federated Farmers and National are all partnered up for the competitive waltz. They're not of a mood to enter the Foxtrot or Cha-cha-cha section. No. Their current tempo of choice is downbeat and gloomy.


Gone is any attempt at poise and posture. It's all lowered chins and bent backs. The weight of the world is on their shoulders, and sashaying in gumboots is tough. They need