A popular swimming spot in Napier, Pandora Pond and the surrounding area of Te Whanganui-a-Orotū has had contaminated storm water directly discharged into it.
The polluted state of the area has seen Ngā Hapū o Tutaekuri conduct cultural monitoring of the area testing fish for heavy metal pollutants.
Jason Strong says, “Were looking at whether the fish life in the estuary contains any contaminants that might be associated with storm water discharges from a local industry area.”
The contaminants come from the Pandora and Onekawa industrial areas, a move opposed by Ngā Hapū o Tuataekuri who asked the council for this cultural monitoring programme.
According to Hinewai Hawaikirangi, “In the time of our ancestors, yes, this was a food source, a place to learn all about gathering food and taking care of it.”
The hapū want to see filters and native trees put in to help protect and enhance its long term health.