The Tukituki Catchment was one of the six environmental hot spots identified by the Council in its annual plan 2017-18 and allocated $1 million towards undertaking freshwater improvement work in each of these areas.
During summer, low flows and higher temperatures mean that toxic algae can form in the Tukituki river. This is a risk for humans and dogs and affects the recreational aspect of the lower reaches of the river. Better water quality can also help fish and other stream life.
Council initially had goals for Lake Whatuma, but we are continuing to work with landowners, the Department of Conservation, and Fish and Game to control willows, plant and animal pests at the lake. Check out our more detailed publication about Whatuma here
We are restoring a wetland and riparian area near Takapau. This work will improve water quality and restore these places for local community use. The two sites are south of Takapau. One is alongside the Mākirikiri Stream on land owned by Te Rongo a Tahu marae whanau. The other is on a dairy farm beside Takapau-Ormondville Road.
Mākirikiri Stream, Takapau – completed planning for fencing and planting the Mākirikiri Stream near Takapau township as a riparian demonstration site. Over-mature willows and other weeds have been removed. Enhancement planting and a lime sand path will be added.
Saturday June, from 9am - The marae and local community at Takapau will be planting alongside the stream. Local children will be planting on the Friday before.
Hunt wetland, Takapau – planning for restoration planting this winter of a hectare of wetland alongside the Takapau-Ormondville Road back to native plants.
Flood fencing demonstration, Craggy Range - on the river edge behind the winery, a trial flood fencing demonstration will be installed to show an option for areas where permanent fencing is unsuitable ( ie regularly wiped out by flood). The new fence is made from flexible fiberglass standards and biodegradable polywire.
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