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Lake to be revived

A small but very important corner of Hastings is about to undergo rejuvenation after a local trust secured $644,000 to help improve the water quality of Lake Tūtira.

The Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust (a post-Treaty settlement governance entity) represents the hapū of Tangoio Marae, including Ngāti Kurumōkihi, tāngata whenua of Tūtira.

“Tūtira is very important to the hapū, which has a whakatauākī (tribal proverb) about the lake:  ‘ko te waiū o ō tātau tīpuna - the milk of our ancestors’, said a spokesperson for the trust.

“This refers to an abundance of kai (food) and spiritual sustenance.

“Unfortunately, over 100 years of sedimentation and pollution has affected the mauri (live force) and water quality of the taonga (treasured) lake.”

The rejuvenation project, called ‘Tūtira mai ngā iwi’, will use different knowledge systems including Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), local environmental knowledge, science, policy and planning to undertake short-term actions and long-term planning.

The work will cover the lake, its wider catchment and waterways and actions will include pest plant removal, planting, fencing and science reporting, the trust said.

Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust is leading the project, working with key project partners Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC), Department of Conservation (DOC), Hastings District Council (HDC), Guthrie-Smith Trust, ECOED (the Environmental, Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust), Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game, landowners and the community.

The funding is provided from the Ministry for the Environment’s Te Mana o Te Wai Fund and the Tangoio Soil Conservation Fund (administered by HBRC under the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Hapū Claims Settlement Act 2014).

Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust are advertising for a project manager (0.5 full-time equivalent). Applications close Sunday 3 July 2016; see: - Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust 


4 October 2017

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