Added 16 Apr 2018
Updated 17 Apr 2018
Wetlands support high levels of biodiversity. They provide habitat for native invertebrates, plants, fish, and bird species (eg fernbird, kōkopu, and eels), many of which live only in wetlands. Wetlands act as ‘kidneys’ and giant sponges – they clean the water of excess nutrients and sediment, control flood water and pollutants, and act as carbon sinks (removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere). Wetlands have strong cultural and spiritual importance for Māori. They are a food source (eg eel, whitebait) and provide material for weaving (eg raupō, harakeke (flax)). Draining wetlands for agricultural and urban development over the past 150 years has led to significant wetland loss and deterioration.
Summary report available at www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/fresh-water/analysis-...
More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf.
Data quality info for wetland extent
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