FROM THE RIDGE: I want to give a townie a big hug

Time for a more uplifting piece methinks. We have plenty to grizzle about it is true but I think we are in danger of putting ourselves into a blue funk. A what, I hear anyone younger than 60 ask?

FROM THE RIDGE: A compromise must be found on water standards

Last week Environment Minister David Parker released the National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management and the Government’s new National Policy Statement, which aims to improve water quality for rivers, lakes and wetlands within five years and fix them within a generation.