The opposition and Media party have been attacking water exports.
Predictably, Bill English has quivered when confronted with tweets and outrage from the perpetually outraged.
The Government has written to its advisory group on water, telling it to investigate putting a price on exported water and to report back by the end of the year.
“We’ve written to the technical advisory group that’s working on water allocation, and asking them to include in their considerations the issues around export water”, Prime Minister Bill English said on Monday afternoon.
It comes amidst public and political pressure in recent weeks over the exporting of New Zealand water for sale overseas.
“There is real public concern about foreign companies access to water, there’s also a long-held, deep seated view among New Zealanders that no one owns it and it’s free,” Mr English said.
“We’d want to step through any process carefully so that’s why we’ve written a letter today.”