2019 State of Environment

Welcome to the page dedicated to our 2019 State of Environment, which will be available here later this month. The last State of Environment report was released in 2013.
Natural resource management is a core function of Horizons as set out in legislation, our strategic direction, policies and community outcomes. One of these requirements is to monitor and report on the state of our environment. The purpose of this document is to provide information to our community on the current state and trends of our natural resources. Also included are some case studies that highlight some of the work being undertaken to address key pressures.

What you'll find in the report

When the report is available later this month you'll be able to download/read it here. The report will be broken down into four chapters, climate, air, land and water. These chapters then go into the following sections: 

  • Our Region (introduction to the report)
  • Climate Chapter
  • Air Chapter
  • Land Chapter
    • Productive Land
    • Fluvial Research and Gravel Use
    • Biodiversity
    • Biosecurity
  • Water Chapter
    • Water Quantity
    • Groundwater Quality
    • River Quality
    • Lakes
    • Estuaries and Coast
    • Swim Spot Monitoring
  • Further Reading (eg. references)
  • Glossary of Terms

To help our communities understand more about the state of our environment, we are hosting two Pint of Science events in May. One in Whanganui, and one in Palmerston North. 

The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May (20-22) and simultaneously in hundreds of venues across the world. Each country holds their main events on the same days, bringing the scientific community together.

Our speakers are Dr Simon Vale from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Brent Watson Horizons Environmental Data Manager, and Logan Brown Horizons Freshwater Manager. Between them they will be speaking about managing hill country erosion and the tracking of sediment to aid water quality, to the impacts on freshwater ecosystems and collecting, validating and communicating the data from our region.

Tickets are $15 and include a free drink, and cool Pint of Science badge so make sure you grab yours today!

Whanganui 7.30pm, 21 May at Mixx Craft Beer Bar 

Palmerston North 7.30pm, 22 May at The Brewer's Apprentice