The water availability and security report has been released by the Ministry for Primary Industries and calls for urgent action on water storage. Researchers for the report worked with an advisory group including Canterbury-based Federated Farmers senior policy advisor Lionel Hume who says a better action plan to improve water storage is overdue. Lionel Hume says NZ has plenty of water but better infrastructure is needed so it can be stored. The report recommends future storage must be multifaceted, multi-user and complementary and within the community visions. Climate change trends show the country getting warmer and drier and identifies Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman and southern Manawatū as regions that will need medium to large storage infrastructure to enable water security of 95% or greater.