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Health warning issued for Otautu Bay of Lake Rotoehu
19 October 2017
A health warning has been issued for Otautu Bay of Lake Rotoehu because of the presence of algal blooms that are likely to be caused by blue-green algae. Sampling has been undertaken to confirm if the blooms are being caused by the potentially toxic blue-green algae. “The health warning means that people should avoid any activity which results in significant contact with the lake water in Otautu Bay,” says Dr Neil de Wet, Medical...
Efforts continued to tackle pesky weed near Mount Tarawera
11 October 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Ahu Whenua Trusts Ruawāhia 2B, Rotomahana Parekarangi 6Q2B and Te Ariki have joined forces again this year to control silver wattle in Tarawera. The Tarawera Wattle Control Project is in its third year of operation with a focus on the heavily infested area between lakes Tarawera and Rotomahana. Regional Council Land Management Officer Scott Kusabs says controlling the wattles...
Offer of free consent for farmers closes next week
19 September 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is encouraging farmers that are ready to move to the next stage of Plan Change 10 to register for a free resource consent. The offer has been available to landowners of properties over 40 hectares in the Rotorua Catchment since 1st July and closes on 30th September which waives the fee estimated at around $1000.  The recently adopted plan change to the Regional Water and Land Plan introduced rules aimed to...
Rules to protect Lake Rotorua formally notified
16 August 2017
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 RMA process. “Submitters on Plan Change 10 have been publicly notified and...
Plan Change 10 a landmark decision for Lake Rotorua
2 August 2017
In what has been described as a landmark decision for the future of Lake Rotorua, new rural land use rules will be notified on 15 August, 2017 after Bay of Plenty Regional Council today unanimously voted to accept a report and recommendations from the Independent Hearing Panel relating to Plan Change 10. Plan Change 10 introduces rules for rural properties in the Lake Rotorua catchment, to limit the amount of nitrogen entering the lake from...
Hearings Panel Recommendations released
28 July 2017
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has publicly released a report today from the panel of independent hearing commissioners who were delegated by the Council to hear submissions and evidence on the proposed Plan Change 10. BOPRC will consider the report and its recommendations, and make a decision whether to accept or reject the recommendations at its upcoming Regional Direction and Delivery Committee (RDD) meeting on 2 August 2017....
Council fund helps Rotorua farmers spread the word
27 July 2017
A farmer education project funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land Use Fund has seen a series of ten 3-5 minute videos produced to help farmers protect water quality. Proposed rules to help protect Lake Rotorua will require most local farmers to substantially reduce nitrogen losses by 2032. The Good Management Practice (GMP) videos have been produced by Landconnect, and feature farmers from the Lake Rotorua...
Emergency measures to help Okareka residents
23 June 2017
Good news for Lake Ōkāreka residents: Bay of Plenty Regional Council has invoked emergency measures to ease problems caused by high lake levels. These emergency measures involve increasing outflow from Lake Ōkāreka above the consented maximum flow, to prevent flooding as a result of high lake levels. If necessary this regime will remain in place until the lake level is brought under control. A variation to the resource consent may need to...
Will Hazelnuts grow in the Lake Rotorua Catchment?
25 May 2017
Hazelnuts have the potential to become New Zealand’s biggest and most successful nut crop. If you’re a landowner in the Lake Rotorua groundwater catchment with a little spare space and time, Bay of plenty Regional Council are offering free hazelnut plants as part of a five-year trial to monitor the growth and production of two new varieties. Take a read of our terms and conditions and fill out an application form if you...
First sod turned for phosphorus mitigation project
4 April 2017
Brian Levine, PhD student at Massey University, installing a V-notch weir to measure storm water flows at a Detainment Bund site in the Lake Rotorua catchment Work has started on a three year ‘Phosphorus Mitigation Project’ to understand how Detainment Bunds can help prevent phosphorus moving from farm land to Lake Rotorua. Too much phosphorus and nitrogen can cause water quality problems in Lake Rotorua and other lakes and...
Progress on proposed lakeside sewerage schemes in Rotorua district
3 March 2017
Rotorua Lakes Council is progressing with resource consents for the proposed East Rotoiti/Rotoma Sewerage Scheme and a trial of Biolytix wastewater treatment units is now underway. Design work for the Rotoma piping network is also underway and the Rotoiti part of scheme can proceed following the year-long Biolytix trial. A total of 22 submissions were received to the resource consent application and council staff will attempt to meet with...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
23 December 2016
Since a live catfish was discovered in Lake Rotoiti in March, our Biosecurity team have been surveying the lake, deploying fyke nets, electric boat fishing, undertaking ongoing research and coming up with ideas with the aim of eradicating catfish. One of the actions to target catfish is to contain them in Te Weta Bay by installing a cordon at the entrance of the bay. The design of the cordon will include a small channel constructed in the...
Health warning issued for Lake Rotoehu
24 November 2016
A health warning has been issued for Lake Rotoehu 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. Contact with algal blooms can cause asthma and hayfever attacks in...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
7 October 2016
Earlier this year, between March and June, a total of 391 individual catfish of various sizes, removed from Lake Rotoiti by Regional Council staff. The vast majority of the fish (more than 97%), were caught within Te Weta Bay. Winter water temperatures cause catfish to slow down and in some cases hibernate, making netting impractical and population spread unlikely. This has given us an opportunity to shift our catfish control efforts over...
Sustainable Farming Fund open for applications
1 August 2016
The 2017/18 funding round for MPI's Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) opens today. "We welcome any groups keen to tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity related to the primary industries to apply for the fund," says Investment Programmes Director Justine Gilliland. "SFF supports farmers and researchers involved at grass-roots level and each year we receive a very high calibre of project applications." A...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
1 June 2016
Surveillance in Lake Rotoiti, Ōhau Channel, Lake Tarawera and parts of Lake Rotorua and has now been completed. Intensive catfish surveillance using fyke nets is currently underway in Lake Rotoehu. The catfish incursion appears to be limited to the western end of Lake Rotoiti; 330 catfish have now been caught and removed from Te Weta Bay, one was found and removed from Okere Inlet. No catfish have been found in Lakes Rotorua, Tarawera or...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
3 May 2016
Netting continued in the western end of Lake Rotoiti and the Ōhau Channel last week with no further catfish caught. Another round of netting is underway at Te Weta Bay (Lake Rotoiti) this week and we plan to start checks of Lake Tarawera next week. We’ll update you again in late May, following our work with University of Waikato, NIWA, DOC and Fish and Game experts to identify further control needs and options. If you have any...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
22 April 2016
Netting this week has focused on lowering catfish numbers in Te Weta Bay and Okere arm in Lake Rotoiti. A further 66 catfish were caught in Te Weta Bay, no further captures in Okere Arm. The University of Waikato electric fishing boat has also been operating this week – no catfish have been found so far in Lake Rotorua.  Netting in the north-western bay of Lake Rotoiti will continue next...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
15 April 2016
We’ve now completed catfish surveys in Lake Rotoiti, with no catfish found outside Te Weta and Okere Bays.  Next week’s netting work will focus on further removal of catfish from Te Weta and Okere Bays, and re-checking Otaramarae. Weather-permitting, the electric fishing boat will continue survey work in Lake Rotorua next week. If weather is marginal, it will be used to assist with catfish removal work in Lake...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
8 April 2016
Catfish surveys have continued this week with fyke netting in the western end of Lake Rotoiti now complete.  Nets were set along the Lake Rotoiti shoreline from Te Weta Bay through to Otaramarae, and from Okawa Bay along to Okahutoroa Bay with no further catfish being caught. The University of Waikato’s electric fishing boat was also deployed in the Ōhau Channel this week and along the south-eastern shoreline of Lake Rotorua, with...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
1 April 2016
In response to the discovery of a catfish in Te Weta Bay, Lake Rotoiti on 16 March, our biosecurity staff commenced targeted survey work in Lake Rotoiti to identify how widespread catfish are likely to be. Results from Te Weta Bay have identified 52 catfish, predominantly juveniles of less than 150mm. These were caught from 21 nets set at Te Weta Bay. One juvenile catfish was caught at Okere Inlet. No catfish have been found in Okawa...
Rotoiti Catfish Update
24 March 2016
In response to the discovery of a catfish in Lake Rotoiti last week, our biosecurity staff will be working in the lake next week (as weather allows) to identify whether a breeding population of catfish is present and if so, how widespread the problem is. With assistance from University of Waikato, we’ll be using fyke nets and an electric fishing boat to locate and remove any catfish that can be found. We’ll be starting with Te Weta...
Health warning issued for Lake Rotoehu
18 March 2016
Toi Te Ora has issued a health warning for Lake Rotoehu. Health warning issued for Lake Rotoehu 18 March 2016 A health warning has been issued for Lake Rotoehu 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...
Pest fish found in Lake Rotoiti
18 March 2016
One catfish was caught and a second one seen during weed harvester work at Te Weta Bay, Lake Rotoiti last Wednesday. The caught catfish is 26cm long and thought to be a pest species known as brown bullhead catfish (Ameiurus nebulosus).   Bay of Plenty Regional Council Biosecurity Manager Greg Corbett said that the pest find is very disappointing. “Catfish have become widespread in Waikato waterways, including Lake Taupō....
Lakes competition celebrates what we love
28 December 2015
COMPETITION TIME: 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.  All you need to do is submit a short video to our Facebook page or share your lake photos telling us your favourite lake stories and what they mean to you! The competition runs from 29 December 2015 until 31 January 2016. For terms...
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 – total nitrogen, total phosphorous, water...
Taupo Lakes and Waterways Event 7th October
10 September 2015
AgResearch scientist Dr Stewart Ledgard is presenting at Taupo advocacy group Lakes and Waterways’ public event October 7th on ‘Environmental Impacts of Farm System Options from Pasture to Plate’ Dr Ledgard’s research is part of a ‘Green Growth’ study exploring specific attributes of New Zealand primary produce contributing to their provenance and perception both locally and internationally. The study...
There is still time for talk
7 August 2015
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has made changes to the proposed draft rules in response to the the consultation process in October 2014. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder said that over the last two and a half years they have been listening and consulting with the Rotorua community on ways to achieve a reduction in nutrient discharges into Lake Rotorua, and the form of rules “to achieve a clean lake that we can all...
#loveourlakes Story and Photo Competition
23 July 2015
The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme had a stand at the Rotorua Daily Post Home & Leisure Show and ran a prize draw for locals to go in to win a GoPro Hero Action Camera. Many stories and photos of the beautiful lakes in the region and the people who love them were submitted. Congratulations to Manaia Witoko who is the winner of the ‪#‎loveourlakes‬ Competition.  Manaia is a Year 11 student from Rotorua...
2015 National Award Winners from Rotorua
25 June 2015
Congratulations to John and Catherine Ford who are 2015 National Ballance Farm Environment Award winners and recipients of the Gordon Stephenson Trophy. John and Catherine Ford from Rotorua are the National Ballance Farm Environment Award winners for 2015, the first time a North Island farming business has won this award. John and Catherine own 1240ha Highlands Station – a productive and well-maintained hill-country farm south of Rotorua....
Landowners encouraged to attend Land Use Opportunities Symposium
12 June 2015
Lake Rotorua catchment land owners will be informed and inspired about ways to reduce nitrogen discharges next week at the Land Use Opportunities Symposium on 16 – 17 June. The free Symposium held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre has already received significant interest but more land owners are encouraged to register as space is limited. The Symposium aims to support landowners who will be affected by new nitrogen rules designed to...
Symposium to explore innovative ways to reduce nitrogen
19 May 2015
Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Grow Rotorua are hosting a free symposium in June to explore economic and environmentally sustainable farming, and business opportunities for land use change in the Lake Rotorua catchment. Regional Council Rotorua Catchments Manager Helen Creagh said the symposium was a way to support landowners who will be affected by new nitrogen rules designed to improve water quality in Lake Rotorua. “We (Regional...
Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group Meeting
6 May 2015
The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group will meet on Friday 22nd May, 10.30am at Rotorua Lakes Council Chambers. Read the RTALSG minutes - 10th March 2015 online. The agenda will be made available 2 days prior to the meeting on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website. If you have any enquiries please email info@rotorualakes.co.nz or phone 0800 884...
Public feedback sought on plan for Lake Tarawera
6 May 2015
A plan to restore water quality in Lake Tarawera has just been released for public input. The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme has released the draft Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan and is seeking input from the community. The Plan outlines the key challenges and proposes actions to be taken to achieve long-term sustainable water quality for the lake. Bay of Plenty Regional Council General Manager Environmental Delivery Warwick Murray...
Health warning lifted for Lake Rotoehu
21 April 2015
The health warning issued in February for Lake Rotoehu has 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 the lake. Despite the lifting of the warning, the public should always be cautious for signs of algal blooms if using lakes. “Algal blooms can develop rapidly and unpredictably and can sometimes produce toxins that are harmful for...
Beef + Lamb NZ Farming for Profit Field Day
8 April 2015
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Bay of Plenty invites you to a Farming for Profit field-day. WHEN: Friday 24th April, 1pm - 4pm WHERE: Ngati Whakaue - Wharenui Farm, 135 Wharenui Road, Rotorua The field-day will highlight how Ngati Whakaue - Wharenui Farm located within the Rotorua catchment has successfully mitigated nutrient loss into lake Rotorua. Lee Matheson (PerrinAg) will cover the economic and environmental impacts in particular. Part of the...
Farms in the Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera catchments win BFEA
17 March 2015
Photo Credit: BFEA Last week the Balance Farm Environment Awards for the Bay of Plenty region were presented and two farms in our lakes catchments were announced. John and Catherine Ford (pictured above), owners of Highlands Station in the Lake Tarawera catchment, took out the Supreme Award for 2015 while Tony and Margo Cairns owners of Oturoa Properties Limited in the Lake Rotorua catchment were winners of a Bay of Plenty Regional Council...
Health warning issued for Lake Rotoehu
16 February 2015
Bay of Plenty District Health Board has issued a health warning for Lake Rotoehu 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. Contact with algal blooms can cause asthma...
Changes to proposed nitrogen rules
10 February 2015
Feedback sought from the public on proposed land use rules to limit nitrogen loss in to Lake Rotorua has lead to recommended changes passed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council Regional Direction and Delivery Committee in December last year. Last week Rotorua Lakes Councillors were presented with the same update on the recommendations at their Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee. The next step would be to present these reports to the Rotorua Te...
Symposium on lake water quality to focus on weeds and wallabies
29 January 2015
Lakes Water Quality Society presents a symposium on Thursday 12 March and Friday 13 March 2015 in Rotorua, proudly supported by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The symposium will have two themes: dealing with Lake Weed, and the problem of animal pests in forested lake catchments.   Papers will be based on the best New Zealand and international expertise. They will discuss dealing with Lake Weed – both practical and theoretical...
Public warning after discolouring of water in Lake Tarawera
9 January 2015
Bay of Plenty Regional Council recommends the public avoid swimming or drinking water from Lake Tarawera after residents from Te Rata Bay/Hot Water Beach reported discolouring of the water to staff earlier today. Geothermal activity is a possible cause for the white, milky appearance and water samples have been taken to test for what is also suspected algal blooms. The test results are not due back until next week at which point the public will...

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