Takapō/Tekapo focus for water meeting

The water quality of the rivers and alpine lakes near Takapō/Tekapo will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled for Friday 16 October in Takapō.

The Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee, made up of community members, local councillors and rūnanga, is inviting the public to its October meeting to hear about lake and river water quality and the work being done to protect it.

Committee Chair Simon Cameron says holding the October meeting in Takapō rather than its regular location of Twizel will give people in the northern area of the catchment an opportunity to get involved in their local water and environmental issues.

“We’re keen to get more understanding of the current issues and expectations of those in the Takapō area. Many of our larger projects and key outcomes have focused on waterways around the Ōmarama and Ōhau areas, so we’re keen to check in with the Takapō community on what’s important for them in the year ahead,” he said.

Water quality results, mahinga kai on the agenda

A significant part of the meeting will be an update from Environment Canterbury’s science team on the latest water quality results for lakes in the area, ahead of the next recreational season.

This will include Trophic Level Index (TLI) results for Lakes Takapō and Alexandrina.

Another key item on the agenda is a presentation from rūnanga representatives Kieran Whyte and Michael McMillan on some of the traditional local mahinga kai resources in the area, such as raupō/bullrush and tī kōuka/cabbage trees.

Whyte will also give an update on the tuna/eel trap and transfer programme in the area.

Find out more

The Upper Waitaki Water Zone Committee meeting will be held on Friday 16 October from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Lake Tekapo Community Hall, 8 Aorangi Crescent.

For more information, get in touch with acting water zone committee facilitator, Ian Whitehouse on 027 433 6092 or visit the Committee's page.