Topics: Environment, Water

Lake Rotorua hapū aim to limit nitrogen discharges into lake

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Iwi and hapū around Lake Rotorua are encouraged to attend a number of meetings that will look at the water quality of the lake and limiting nitrogen discharges into it. 

Bay of Plenty Regional council will be hosting these gatherings and say iwi consultation is a priority. 

Rotorua is one of the largest Lake in the Lakes district which is why a number of regulations are being drafted to manage nitrogen loss. 

Bay of Plenty regional councillor Arapeta Tahara says this aligns with the Te Arawa lakes programme ensuring the long-term improved water quality of Lake Rotorua.

Māori own 25% of the land in the Lake Rotorua catchment area where the proposed rules hope to limit nitrogen discharges into the lake. 

Farmers and other groups have already been in consultation over the purposed changes, currently 755 tons of nitrogen is being discharged into the lake the hope is to reduce that number to fewer than 500.

Arapeta Tahana says, “The main reason is to improve the water quality but that's not an easy task.  There are a lot of projects to improve the water quality and this is only one of them, nitrogen.”

The first of the meetings will begin tomorrow at Nukuteapiapi Whare Tupuna here at Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

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