Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Tui Mine remediation delivers excellent stream improvements

Tui Mine remediation delivers excellent stream improvements


Work to remediate the contaminated Tui Mine on Mt Te Aroha has led to water quality improvements and a return of aquatic life in two local streams, latest monitoring results show.

Past problems meant Tunakohoia Stream was contaminated with heavy metals leaching from the mine and was unsuitable for swimming, fishing, drinking or irrigation. The Tui Stream was dead and unable to support any aquatic life. Both streams flow into the Waihou River, and eventually into the Firth of Thames, so the mine’s toxic legacy has extended well beyond Te Aroha.

Now post-remediation monitoring undertaken for Waikato Regional Council shows an excellent improvement in the ecological health of both the Tunakohoia and Tui streams.

The $21.7 million remediation project, which ended in May last year, involved the regional council, the Ministry for the Environment, Matamata-Piako District Council, the Department of Conservation and local iwi.

“It’s great to see this investment paying real dividends for the environment and the local community,” said regional council chairperson Paula Southgate.

The new monitoring results show there has been increased diversity and abundance of aquatic macroinvertebrates, such as stoneflies, caddisflies and diptera, which live in water for at least part of their lifecycle.

These small animals are highly sensitive to pollutants, so an abundance of them is a very positive sign that the water quality is improving in both streams.

“These sorts of results are very positive as they indicate the project is on track to meet water quality levels which will enable swimming in the next 15 years,” said Ms Southgate.

The council’s special projects manager Ghassan Basheer also said that in the Tui Stream there has been a significant reduction in contaminants downstream of the remediated tailings dam.

“While water quality goals for Tunakohoia Stream haven’t reached the levels expected at this stage in the process, water quality is improving and the total weight of contaminants going into the stream is generally on the decline,” Mr Basheer said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election