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Filmed on the Wairoa River in the Bay of Plenty, this video reminds us how important our waterways are to us as New Zealanders – and how we can all play a part in improving them.

Our waterways are our national treasures, our taonga. They're very dear to all of us as New Zealanders and touch our lives in so many different ways. Most of us have spent many idyllic summer days swimming, fishing, boating, playing, paddling, jumping, splashing, doing bombs and catching our dinner in it – our waterways are a huge part of Kiwi life.

Filmed on the Wairoa River in the Bay of Plenty, this video reminds us how important our waterways are to us – and how we can all play a part in improving them.

The 60-second video features Bay of Plenty locals doing what they love to do – engaging with the water – as well as demonstrating the work that farmers and other local groups have been doing to improve New Zealand's waterways.

While representative of many New Zealand rivers, the Wairoa River was selected because it has long been a much-loved spot with locals and visitors alike for swimming, fishing, river rafting, kayaking and multiple other water-based activities.

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Starting in the Kaimai ranges and winding its way through both rural and urban areas to the Tauranga Harbour, the Wairoa is a picturesque river that includes the popular Waimarino Water Park and the stunning McLaren Falls.

The river has a long history of pollution issues. However, much conservation work has been done in recent years by local councils, conservation and environmental groups, as well as the dairy farmers who farm along its many tributaries.