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Rules to protect Lake Rotorua formally notified
Rules to protect Lake Rotorua formally notified
16 August 2017
Yesterday <<sub: Tuesday 15 August>> marks the formal notification date of Proposed Plan Change 10 after Bay of Plenty Regional Council unanimously adopted an Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations at its Regional Direction and Delivery Committee meeting on 2 August 2017. Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder says formal notification of the decisions is the next step in the...
Preserving the Kaituna River for future generations
Preserving the Kaituna River for future generations
30 May 2017
The waters of the Kaituna River and its many tributaries play a pivotal role in many lives of Bay of Plenty residents, and community members can now influence the document that will help enhance the river’s future well-being. Kaituna, he tāonga tuku iho – a treasure gifted to us, is the Proposed Kaituna River Document that has been prepared by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority, a...
40 million dollar fund now open to all Lake Rotorua land owners
40 million dollar fund now open to all Lake Rotorua land owners
24 May 2017
A $40 million fund aimed at reducing the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua is now open to all landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment with nitrogen to sell, no matter how big or small their property is. The Lake Rotorua Incentives Scheme is available for those landowners willing to make permanent land use changes to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering the lake. The $40 million...
Proposed Plan Change 10 hearings close
Proposed Plan Change 10 hearings close
5 May 2017
After two months of hearings that saw over 50 submitters have the opportunity to voice their views, the last day of hearings for Proposed Plan Change 10 was drawn to a close yesterday. The proposed plan change seeks to improve the water quality of Lake Rotorua for future generations. Held over March and April 2017, an independent hearing panel heard from a wide range of submitters on the...
Health warning lifted for both Lake Rotoehu and Lake Okaro
Health warning lifted for both Lake Rotoehu and Lake Okaro
28 April 2017
The health warnings issued in November for Lake Rotoehu and in December for Lake Okaro have now been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health. Results of water testing by Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirm that the algal bloom has subsided in both lakes.= Despite the lifting of the warning, the public should always be cautious for signs of algal blooms if using lakes. “Algal blooms can...
#LoveOurLakes Easter Hunt treats up for grabs
#LoveOurLakes Easter Hunt treats up for grabs
11 April 2017
Little #Rotorock hunters are in for an Easter treat these holidays, with 25 rocks hidden around Rotorua’s Lakes from the afternoon of Tuesday 11 April, 2017, waiting to be discovered and traded in for a special Easter package. The 25 rocks have been hidden around Lakes Tikitapu, Okareka, Tarawera, Rotorua and Rotoiti. Once found, they can be taken into Bay of Plenty Regional Council...
Proposed Plan Change 10 hearings reconvene
Proposed Plan Change 10 hearings reconvene
1 April 2017
Public hearings for the Proposed Plan Change 10 to Regional Water and Land – a plan change which ultimately seeks to improve the water quality of Lake Rotorua – will reconvene on Monday April 3, 2017. The proposed Plan Change 10 introduces rules to limit the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use and relates to rural properties in the Lake Rotorua Catchment. Sessions...
Media Advisory - Public hearings for the Proposed Plan Change
Media Advisory - Public hearings for the Proposed Plan Change
12 March 2017
Public hearings for the Proposed Plan Change 10 to Regional Water and Land Plan, begin on Monday (March 13). Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management – Proposed Plan Change 10 introduces rules to limit the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use. The rules will affect rural properties in the Lake Rotorua Catchment. Venue Millennium Hotel 1270 Hinemaru St Rotorua Independent...
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
Tool launched to check if money grows from trees
23 February 2017
An online tool has been launched to help landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment understand the potential economic gains from converting all or parts of their property to pine or Mānuka. Toitu Te Waonui, a Māori forestry initiative group comprising Interpine Innovation, Tuia Group and iwi leaders have developed dNITRO with funding from Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Ministry for the...
Rain needed for Rotorua lakes
Rain needed for Rotorua lakes
1 February 2017
We all love a hot, dry summer and so far 2017’s given us just that. But it comes with a downside: some of Rotorua’s lakes are below their usual summer levels. Lake Rotoiti is approximately 50mm below its usual range for this time of year, with Lakes Rotorua and Ōkāreka also low. Bay of Plenty Regional Council principal engineering surveyor Graeme O’Rourke said river flows...
Responses to submissions for rules to protect lake released
Responses to submissions for rules to protect lake released
20 January 2017
Public submissions received on proposed rules to manage nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from pastoral land use have been collated and evaluated by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Council received 92 submissions from various individuals and groups such as farmers, Māori land trusts and industry and an additional 20 further submissions based on matters raised by initial submissions Council...
Health warning issued for Lake Okaro
Health warning issued for Lake Okaro
16 December 2016
A health warning has been issued for Lake Okaro, near Rotorua, as routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed a bloom of potentially toxic blue-green algae. “The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which results in significant contact with the lake water,” says Dr Phil Shoemack, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te...
Swap-a-plant
Swap-a-plant
27 October 2016
Rotorua locals who have been out in the garden clearing weeds can swap them for free native plants. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff will be at Rotary Market, Kuirau Park this Saturday giving away 300 native plants in exchange for weeds at its Weed Swap stall. Land Management Officer Shane Hona says the annual stall is a way for Council to raise awareness about weeds found in Rotorua and...
Videos to be produced 'by farmers for farmers'
Videos to be produced 'by farmers for farmers'
27 October 2016
Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in videos providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice. The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua although the videos may appeal to a wider audience. Seven projects have been approved through the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund (LNLUF) with $45,000 granted to...
Hearing Panel appointed for Lake Rotorua nutrient rules
Hearing Panel appointed for Lake Rotorua nutrient rules
18 October 2016
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has appointed an independent hearing panel to decide on rules to manage nutrients coming from land use and ensure the long term sustainability of Lake Rotorua’s water quality (proposed Plan change 10: Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management). The panel is to be chaired by retired District and Environment Court judge, Gordon Whiting, who was on the hearing panel for...
Deal a significant milestone for protecting lake water quality
Deal a significant milestone for protecting lake water quality
14 September 2016
A dairy farmer has become the first landowner to strike a deal with the Lake Rotorua Incentives Board, a committee of Bay of Plenty Regional Council, as part of its Incentives Programme aimed at reducing nutrients entering Lake Rotorua. The $40 million Incentives Programme, an initiative proposed by the local farming collective, is jointly funded by central government and Regional Council to...
Further submissions sought on lake rules
Further submissions sought on lake rules
4 July 2016
There is still time to have a say on the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules, with a further submission phase giving the community an opportunity to provide feedback on what has been said to-date. The proposed rules aim to reduce nitrogen by 140 tonnes through land use changes in the Lake Rotorua catchment, in order to meet lake water quality targets by the community in 2008. The...
Small lifestyle block owners help sought for guide
Small lifestyle block owners help sought for guide
13 June 2016
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is looking for owners of small lifestyle blocks to help develop a guide for good land nutrient management practices. Anyone who owns a property five hectares or smaller is welcome to contribute. The guide is planned following a council-commissioned report last year that found there are over 1000 properties five hectares or less around Lake Rotorua.  Many of...
Dairy farmers take action to protect water
Dairy farmers take action to protect water
20 May 2016
Minimising phosphorous run-off, better managing storm water and preventing down-stream erosion are just some of the benefits a Rerewhakaaitu farmer will soon realise, thanks to a recently constructed detainment bund. Dairy farmers Barry and Mark Mogg approached the Bay of Plenty Regional Council late last year after learning about the benefits of detainment bunds, and are the first dairy farmers...
Open session to help rural landowners
Open session to help rural landowners
13 May 2016
Rural landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment are being encouraged to talk to Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff to find out what changes they might need to make under proposed rules to protect Lake Rotorua water quality.  “People see the word “rules” and think they will need to make a lot of big changes, but to date a number of landowners have found they are currently...
Fund seeks land use solutions
Fund seeks land use solutions
3 May 2016
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, on behalf of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme is asking for expressions of interest from landowners, researchers and the general public to help come up with solutions to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use activities. The Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund of $3.3 million is jointly funded by Regional Council and Ministry for the...
Lake nutrient rules submission period closing soon
Lake nutrient rules submission period closing soon
21 April 2016
The submission period for the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules will close this Wednesday and Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder is encouraging the public to have their input in to what the rules will look like. “We have undertaken extensive engagement with the community over the past two and a half years resulting in over 200 people providing feedback that...
Council extends submission period
Council extends submission period
23 March 2016
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has extended the submission period for Lake Rotorua nutrient rules. The rules are a proposed plan change to the Regional Water and Land Plan, and are one of four parts of the long term solution delivered by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme (RTALP) aimed at protecting water quality in Lake Rotorua. Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder says a decision was made to...
Lake Tarawera story shared
Lake Tarawera story shared
4 March 2016
Farmers, ratepayers, tangata whenua and water quality experts got an opportunity to see how the Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan was developed first hand during a field trip on and around the lake today. The trip, which was organised by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, saw the group visit the Tarawera lookout, Hot Water Beach and award winning farm, Highlands Station. They heard from iwi,...
Next step towards improving water quality in Lake Rotorua
Next step towards improving water quality in Lake Rotorua
29 February 2016
The current proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules have been formally notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council today, marking the beginning of an official submission period. The Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules are a proposed plan change to the Regional Water and Land Plan, and are one of four components of the integrated framework delivered by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes...
Warm weather prompts Rotorua lake blooms
Warm weather prompts Rotorua lake blooms
8 January 2016
The warm summer weather has prompted a notable visible increase in various algal blooms on parts of Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera. However, the latest test results from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have not shown high levels of the potentially toxic blue-green algae. The blooms were sighted and reported to Regional Council by members of the public living on the Ngongotahā side of Lake...
Lakes competition celebrates what we love
Lakes competition celebrates what we love
28 December 2015
Share what you love about Rotorua’s beautiful lakes this summer and be in to win a GoPro HERO and two stand up paddleboard vouchers, with the #loveourlakes Facebook competition kicking off tomorrow, 29 December. The competition is being run by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme as a way to celebrate what people love about summer at the lakes. Share a short video or photo about what you...
Land-use change for Lake Rotorua catchment
Land-use change for Lake Rotorua catchment
18 December 2015
The Resource Management Act (RMA) process for land-use change surrounding Lake Rotorua has begun with the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Rules being unanimously adopted at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Regional Direction and Delivery Committee (RDD) meeting on Monday 14 December. The proposed rules require on-land practices in the Lake Rotorua catchment to reduce nitrogen...
Dry conditions mean low lake levels
Dry conditions mean low lake levels
12 November 2015
A very dry season to date has led Bay of Plenty Regional Council to issue a low lake level notification at the start of this month. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Principal Engineering Surveyor Graeme O’Rourke said it was early to be in this position. “The last low lake levels notification was earlier this year, in January, and that is usually when we’d see low levels during a...
Report: Alum dosing not a long-term solution for lake quality
Report: Alum dosing not a long-term solution for lake quality
11 November 2015
A report into the effects of alum dosing in the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes has highlighted uncertainty in its long-term application and supports the need for alternative solutions to sustain water quality. The Ecotoxicological Review of Alum Applications to the Rotorua Lakes report was produced by the University of Waikato and reviews international literature to provide guidance on a number of...
Lake quality results highlight action needed
Lake quality results highlight action needed
11 September 2015
Water quality in many of the Rotorua-Te Arawa lakes has declined slightly over the past year, according to latest annual monitoring results, highlighting the importance of long-term sustainable water quality solutions. The Trophic Level Index (TLI) for the lakes is measured annually and provides a measure of lake water quality. TLIs are calculated using four separate water quality measurements...

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