Dr Mike Joy

AuthorDr Mike Joy

Dr Mike Joy is a Senior Lecturer in ecology and environmental science at Massey University. Mike is a passionate advocate for the environment and environmental justice and was recently the inaugural winner of the New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award.

Has LAWA gone beyond its remit?

No dolphins were harmed in writing this article.  At first reading, the recent report on national water quality from Land and Water Aotearoa (LAWA) seems to suggest, as did their publicity around its release, that water quality in New Zealand is finally improving. However, closer investigation of the report reveals some awkward issues that could undermine any optimistic conclusion. Firstly, the...

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