Lake Waiporohita group thrilled with award
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