Lake Waiporo­hita group thrilled with award

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Hard work by those at­tempt­ing to re­store Lake Waiporo­hita on the Karikari Penin­sula has just been recog­nised with a na­tional Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment Green Rib­bon Award.

Lo­cal runanga Ngati Kahu, the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil, the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Land­corp have won a Green Rib­bon Award, recog­nis­ing ex­cep­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives.

The project in­cludes fenc­ing, ex­otic tree re­moval and ri­par­ian re­plant­ing which will al­low the lake to re­cover the abil­ity to fil­ter land­based nu­tri­ents.

Ana­hera Her­bert-Graves, chief ex­ec­u­tive for Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu, says Ngati Kahu is pleased and hum­bled by its award in the ‘Kaiti­aki Lead­er­ship’ sec­tion, one of 10 cat­e­gories in this year’s awards.

She says the 6.9ha Lake Waiporo­hita, off In­land Rd, is a taonga, not just to lo­cal tan­gata whenua, but to all North­landers and the Green Rib­bon Award nom­i­na­tion recog­nises this.

‘‘Our dune lakes are un­der al­ready mul­ti­ple stresses, in­clud­ing nu­tri­ent runoff, in­va­sive pest fish and wa­ter weeds, and cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects from use by the wider pub­lic,’’ Her­bert-Graves says.

She says the fact Waiporo­hita is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble puts it at even greater risk of trans­fer of wa­ter weeds and pest fish.

‘‘Our dune lakes are al­ready un­der mul­ti­ple stresses...’’ Ana­hera Her­bert-Graves

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