Whakaki Lake 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.
The amount of sediment coming into the Wairoa rivers and lakes from erosion in the hill country is a continual problem, and brings unwanted nutrients into the river environment. Lake Whakaki is still recovering as a wildlife habitat and eel fishery.
We want to develop a catchment enhancement plan to improve land use opportunities and reduce sediment from erosion.
We will continue to work with Whakaki Lake Trustees to restore this valued lake and improve the habitat for tuna [eels] and bird life.
There is the opportunity to continue to work with Wairoa District Council and the community to reduce erosion of the river bank and enhance the Wairoa river sides with native trees.
The Government announced in February 2018 that they will provide $100,000 in funding from the Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund to invest in planting at Whakaki Lake.
We are working closely with the Whakaki Catchment Group to ensure all the agencies working in the area are consistently aligned towards the community’s aspirations – providing an opportunity to share knowledge and build relationships.
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