We can’t live without fresh water, and neither can the plants and animals in our environment. Water is in a constant cycle: it evaporates into the atmosphere and returns to the land as snow and rain.
Aotearoa has a range of freshwater environments. Ice and snow in the mountains give way to rivers and streams, which eventually flow into the ocean. There’s also water deep underground, and freshwater wetlands that act as filters. Our native animals live in all of these places.