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World Water Day: How we are protecting and conserving water across the Co-op

March 22nd is World Water Day, with the global theme ‘Accelerate Change’, focusing on how everyone has a part to play to protect water.

March 22, 2023


Plantain partnership delivers promising results

A research partnership our Co-op is a key member of has found that feeding cows plantain could reduce nitrogen leaching from dairy farms by 20-60%.

February 09, 2023


World Water Day: Prioritising water initiatives

Today is World Water Day, a day that highlights the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme, Groundwater – making the invisible visible, is a significant focus for the Co-op in achieving our sustainability targets.

March 22, 2022


Cleaning water with nature

Our Maungatūroto site has been using nature to reduce its water usage by up to 25%.

September 06, 2021


How Fonterra treats water from factories

At Fonterra we care about the environment and the communities in which we operate. We’re always looking for ways to improve, and one area that’s always a focus for us is water.

February 09, 2021


Promising plantain trial looking good for the planet

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


Living Water – Seven facts for seven years

In the seven years that Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have been working together through Living Water, important advancements have been made to help regenerate New Zealand’s precious natural resources.

December 01, 2020


From waste to wetland

“We wanted to improve the farm and do our bit for the environment” is Manawatu farmer Grant Bell’s response when he’s asked why he converted 4ha of his property into an impressive wetland.

November 02, 2020


Keeping up community action to restore waterways

As parts of New Zealand still face a long recovery from a severe drought, it’s important now more than ever to stay focussed on our water goals.

August 26, 2020