Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme



The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme is responsible for improving and protecting the water quality in the historic Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes. Our work is world renowned, leading the way in lakes water quality management.

The programme is a joint partnership of Rotorua District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust with funding from Ministry for the Environment.

Our goal is to achieve water quality targets set with the community for each of the 12 lakes.

Our actions have improved water quality in Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti and Rotoehu and water quality is now stable in Rotoma, Okareka, Tikitapu and Rerewhakaaitu.


John and Catherine Ford have won the National Ballance Farm Environment Award for 2015.

John and Catherine own Highlands Station in the Lake Tarawera and Rotokakahi catchment and are the first to win this esteemed award from the North Island.

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Latest news

2015 National Award Winners from Rotorua - 25 Jun 2015
Congratulations to John and Catherine Ford who are 2015 National Ballance Farm Environment Award...
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Symposium to explore innovative ways to reduce nitrogen - 19 May 2015
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