New Zealand: Polluted Paradise

New Zealand’s pristine and abundant rivers and lakes have long been central to its proud reputation as a land of breath-taking natural beauty – and fundamental to a clean, green, outdoorsy brand that attracted millions of foreign visitors every year.

But are its waterways really as sparkling and bountiful as the tourist ads suggest?

In this two-part investigation, People and Power raises troubling questions about what can happen when a nation’s desire for economic growth, however understandable and justifiable it may be, takes undue precedence over the environment.

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New Zealand: Polluted Paradise
New Zealand: Polluted Paradise

Troubling questions: what can happen when a nation's desire for economic growth, however understandable and justifiable, takes precedence over environment.

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