Who we are

The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group is the overarching team responsible for management of the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes. We’re made up of elected representatives from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Rotorua Lakes Council, with support from the Ministry for the Environment.

We work hand in hand to protect and restore water quality in 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Our lakes are a national treasure, and our strategy provides an overall management plan outlining our vision for the future, with practical steps to achieve that vision.

Over the years our vision has remained, but many other things have changed. We refreshed our strategy with input from the community including workshops and meetings to capture what locals want for their lakes. The lakes are one of New Zealand’s most important environmental, cultural and economic assets – now is the time to secure their future.

 

Te Arawa Lakes Trust

  • Represent iwi. Te Arawa has mana whenua as the owner of the lakebeds and provides cultural advice on all aspects of the lakes

  • Aid in the protection of the cultural identity of Te Arawa people and their lakes

  • Ensure the cultural identity wairua, tikanga and kawa of the Te Arawa people is invested in the strategy to improve the lakes of the Rotorua District

  • Protect the mauri of the lakes

  • Ensure meaningful and binding working relationships with iwi/hapu and their ancestral land

 

Rotorua Lakes Council

  • Administer the relevant sections of the Resource Management Act 1991

  • Provide and maintain sewerage and stormwater discharge infrastructure

  • Plan for and manage land uses within the lake catchments

  • Contribute to funding to help improve the health of Rotorua lakes in association with the Crown and Regional Council

 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

  • Implement the Strategy for the Lakes of the Rotorua District

  • Administer the relevant sections of the Resource Management Act 1991

  • Implement the Rotorua Lakes Recreation Strategy and Regional Pest Management Plan

  • Implement the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme through operational objectives

  • Contribute to funding to help improve the health of Rotorua lakes in association with the Crown and District Council

 

Funding

Improving water quality in the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes is only possible through funding.

The Ministry for the Environment has committed $72.1m in a Deed of Funding arrangement for the four priority lakes – Rotorua, Rotoehu, Rotoiti and Okareka. 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Rotorua Lakes Council matched this funding with $72.1m for these four lakes, with additional funding for the protection and restoration of the other eight lakes.

 

Operations

Operational decisions on the management of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme are made at the Partnership Steering Group.

This group meets monthly and is made up of senior managers from the three partner organisations and the Ministry for the Environment.

 

Restoring water quality in 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes

Restoring water quality in 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes

We work hand in hand to protect and restore water quality in 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Our lakes are a national treasure, and our strategy provides an overall management plan outlining our vision for the future, with practical steps to achieve that vision.

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Our Vision

Our Vision

Over the years our vision has remained, but many other things have changed. We refreshed our strategy with input from the community including workshops and meetings to capture what locals want for their lakes. The lakes are one of New Zealand’s most important environmental, cultural and economic assets – now is the time to secure their future.

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