The natives are getting restless. It seems ordinary folk who are not up to their noses in cream have had enough of what they see as the despoliation of their rivers by the dairy industry and are geeting out there, camera in hand to record the evidence. The new group, Environmental River Patrol Aotearoa are paddling and walking northern rivers, recording what they see then forwarding those images to Fonterra and the Councils in order to give them a hoosle-along with their clean-up programmes and legislating. Good thing. I wonder if there's a Southland branch of ERPA?
"It is not about `name and shame'," he said. "It is about persuasion and the use of peer pressure from neighbours. We are not a lynch mob or openly hostile to farmers. They're part of us, our fabric. We're an agricultural country."