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Fonterra, Nestlé and DairyNZ join forces to tackle nitrogen leaching

Fonterra and Nestlé are teaming up with DairyNZ to expand a promising plantain trial to help improve waterways and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

December 14, 2020


New targets to reduce water use

More than 3.4 billion litres of water (or about the same as 1,350 Olympic swimming pools) will be saved every year under new water targets Fonterra launched today.

September 03, 2019


Six commitments to improve waterways continue to drive action

One year on from the launch of an ambitious plan to help rebuild the health of New Zealand’s waterways, Fonterra is showing progress with more Sustainable Dairy Advisors on the ground and actions taking place across the country.

November 14, 2018


Living Water Wairua River catchment condition survey

Living Water is conducting a catchment condition survey in the Okarika Pocket, a sub catchment of the Wairua River catchment in Northland.

February 01, 2018


Living Water protecting internationally significant wetlands

DOC and Fonterra’s Living Water partnership is helping protect two of the world’s most significant wetlands, through a major initiative that brings together farmers, scientists, councils, mana whenua and communities.

February 01, 2018


Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways

Co-operative announces ambitious water commitments; invites Kiwis to visit farms and see what’s being done to promote healthy rivers.

November 16, 2017


Fonterra announces support for local government leaders’ water declaration

Dairy Co-operative pledges commitment to working with communities to improve water. Fonterra today announced its support for the Local Government Leaders’ Water Declaration, the pledge by the Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand to lift the quality of freshwater resources in this country.

October 26, 2017


Living Water supports freshwater funding

Fonterra and the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Living Water partnership has helped secure over $6 million from the Ministry for the Environment to support freshwater improvement partnerships in Northland, Canterbury and Southland.

August 16, 2017


Fonterra announces ambition to restore 50 of New Zealand's freshwater catchments

Fonterra CEO, Theo Spierings, last night announced an ambition to restore 50 freshwater catchments, signalling the Co-op’s desire to take a leading role in improving New Zealand’s waterways.

July 06, 2017