Reeking duck pond a turn-off
Residents describe the smell coming from Aotea Lagoon’s small duck pond as ‘‘gross’’,‘‘disgusting’’, ‘‘like Rotorua’’ and ‘‘a health hazard’’.
Papakowhai resident Ron Todd was out for a walk at the lagoon recently and said the pond was a mess.
‘‘It’s a health hazard. The weekend I was down there, water was all around it and no-one could walk around the pond and it stank, it reeked.
‘‘You can’t expect children to be hanging on to the railing and feeding the ducks with that smell and filth in the pond.
‘‘ It needs to be drained and cleaned, and the council know about it but nothing seems to be done about it.’’
Mr Todd said he had laid a number of complaints with Porirua City Council about the stinky pond.
When Kapi-Mana News visited Aotea Lagoon, there was a thick layer of slimy weeds on the pond’s surface and a faint smell.
Whitby resident Angela Clark said she was embarrassed when she took her parents from Taranaki to show them around the lagoon.
‘‘It’s gross, it’s disgusting and it smells like a s... pond. I said to my parents, ‘This is what they need to do up’. It’s such a shame, because I love this place. I come to walk here every other day.’’
Council parks and reserves manager Bill Inge says that about two years ago, the pond turned anaerobic, meaning there was not enough oxygen in the water.
‘‘On a really hot day, we’d rival Rotorua for smells. We’re aware of the problem and we haven’t had any complaints recently about the smell, but the positive thing is that we’ve installed two mighty aerators, to replace the small one that was previously being used to improve the water quality. Those will help oxygenate the water, and if you look at the water now, it’s so much better than it used to be.’’
He says experts have said it could be about three months before a significant improvement is noticed.
Mr Inge says the weeds will need to be raked off manually, and it will take some time to be completely rid of them.
Pongy pond: Local kids Nelisa Vaovasa, LeonJay Gaualofa and Ciaran Barham-James play around the Aotea Lagoon duck pond, and say it stinks on hot days.