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

 


Lake Horowhenua Accord Action Plan launched

Lake Horowhenua Accord Action Plan launched

The move to restore Lake Horowhenua's environmental health has taken another significant step forward with the launch of 34 key tasks to be undertaken over the next two years.

The Lake Horowhenua Accord Action Plan 2014 - 2016 was launched at a ceremony in Levin on Sunday, commemorating the first anniversary since five signatory partners (the Lake Horowhenua Trust, Horowhenua Lake Domain Board, Horowhenua District Council, Horizons Regional Council, and the Department of Conservation) committed to the Accord.

The Action Plan identifies the roles and responsibilities of the five partners, provides detail on the eight key issues impacting Lake Horowhenua, as well as the approaches for its restoration.

The 34 tasks underpin the Plan's 15 management actions that include:

· enhance monitoring

· increase public education

· complete farm environmental plans

· implement boat treatment and weed containment

· install a stormwater treatment system on the Queen Street Drain

· remove sediment inputs

· complete lake-edge plantings using a variety of wetland vegetation

· undertake riparian fencing and planting alongside streams

· undertake lake weed harvesting

· monitor pest fish species populations in the lake

· install a fish pass at the weir on the Hokio Stream weir

· increase management of lake level

· build the capacity of the Lake Horowhenua Trust to more effectively contribute to the lake management

· develop a cultural monitoring programme

· build the capacity of beneficial owners and Muaūpoko to participate and engage in the management of the lake

Under the auspices of the Accord, Horizons Regional Council is administering the $540,000 funding from the Ministry for the Environment's Fresh Start for Freshwater Clean-up Fund. This is part of the lake's $1.27 million restoration fund, also including $730,500 of combined funding from Horizons, Horowhenua District Council, the Tararua Growers Association and Dairy NZ.

The Accord partners have developed a work and monitoring programme for the Action Plan. After two years a review of progress will be undertaken, with a full review of the Lake Horowhenua Accord and a refreshment of objectives to take place in August 2018.


Lake Horowhenua Accord chairman Matthew Sword says there is strong desire to apply real actions to address the key ecological issues facing the lake.


“The Action Plan outlines the steps we will take to bring this taonga back to health and return the lake as a source of pride for the people of Horowhenua,” Mr Sword said.

“By publically identifying what we will be doing, what the community can do and what the key issues are, we are drawing a line in the sand and making a real commitment to the future of the lake.”

Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy says it is fantastic to see the progress being made to restore the troubled lake.

“One year on from the signing of the Lake Horowhenua Accord, the development of the Action Plan has all partners singing from the same song sheet. We have the funding to make a start on restoration and we’re wasting no time in getting efforts underway,” Mayor Duffy said.
In August 2013 the Accord's five signatory partners, representing the Muaūpoko owners, community interests and statutory bodies, agreed to work together to provide leadership; halt the degradation and put in place remedial measures on Lake Horowhenua and the Hokio Stream.


To commemorate the first anniversary there is a week-long display at Te Takere in Levin, including the original Accord signed by the five parties, taonga from Muaūpoko, as well as photos and other imagery of the lake over the century.

A book is also available for the public to sign their commitment to the Lake Horowhenua Accord.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news