Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has been established by like-minded organisations with a view to helping local communities find the balance between using natural resources and maintaining their quality and availability.
Initially a collaboration between New Zealand’s 16 regional and unitary councils, LAWA is now a partnership between the councils, Cawthron Institute, Ministry for the Environment and Massey University and has been supported by the Tindall Foundation. Hawke's Bay Regional Council are proud to be a part of LAWA.
What does LAWA do?
LAWA connects you with New Zealand's environment through sharing scientific data. You can find much of this information on this HBRC website, but LAWA has been designed to make the displays easy to understand for less technical readers! The data supplied to lawa.org.nz by HBRC covers -
- 52 river water quality sites - including data on e-coli, nitrogen, phosphorus and turbidity
- 34 recreational water quality sites, ie suitability for swimming
- 22 beaches / coastal water quality sites
- 8 lake water quality sites
- 28 river flow sites
- 75 rainfall sites
- 27 groundwater level sites
- 3 air quality sites in the airsheds of Napier, Hastings and Awatoto.
You can also compare this data nationally. New Zealand’s natural resources are managed by 16 regional/unitary councils which collect, analyse and report environmental information.
So find out more about your environment through LAWA at the LAWA website.