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Waikato Peat Lakes Catchment


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES

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Waikato Peat Lakes Catchment


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES

Waikato Peat Lakes: Areare, Ruatuna, Rotomānuka

Restoring unique peat ecosystems
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Our Team


Our Team in the waikato

Our Team


Our Team in the waikato

representatives from fonterra and doc are driving the delivery of this programme:

TIM BRANDENBURG

As the North Island Fonterra Project Manager I am responsible for the three North Island catchments – Waikato Peat Lakes, Hikurangi, and Pῡkorokoro/Miranda. Prior to joining the Living Water team at Fonterra I spent 27 years with the Department of Conservation in a variety of roles ranging from Field Ranger to Project Manager and Area Manager. My  experience includes leading biodiversity restoration, pest control, and infrastructure projects while managing often complex relationships in rural communities. I’m excited about the work we’re doing with Living Water, it demonstrates that dairying and caring for the environment are not mutually exclusive.


mike paviour

I am a DOC Partnerships Ranger and the regional lead for the Waikato Peat Lakes in the Living Water catchments. Prior to working at DOC I worked in the adventure tourism, hospitality and landscaping sectors, before joining DOC in 2000 to dedicate my energy and time to conservation. While the majority of my work is in the fields of biodiversity and wetland restoration, I also work to grow conservation with community groups, iwi and businesses.

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Catchment Focus


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Catchment Focus

Catchment Focus


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Catchment Focus

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We are focusing on the following key areas around these three lakes in the Waikato:

  • Restoration and habitat enhancement along the lake margins and drains.
  • Working with farmers around the lakes to adopt best farm management practices.
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Background


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Background

Background


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Background

Peat lakes are globally rare ecosystems and the Waikato Region is home to 31 of them. These lakes are formed over thousands of years and are home to species that have adapted to their unique conditions. 

  • The Waikato Peat lakes are important historically, culturally and environmentally. They are described as ‘acutely threatened’ under the Land Environments of New Zealand Threatened Environments Classification, which highlights the importance of restoring and building the resilience of indigenous ecosystems in low lying peat lands.
  • Lakes Areare, Ruatuna and Rotomānuka have elevated levels of nutrients (in the eutrophic-super trophic range), sediment and pathogens, and considerable nutrient stores within lake sediments. 
  • Restoration of water quality in these lakes is very difficult and will require a range of remediation measures. 
  • Improving water quality within the peat lake system will help mudfish, bittern, fern birds, dab chicks and long-finned eel return to the lakes. 
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Projects


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Projects

Projects


WAIKATO PEAT LAKES Projects

LIVING WATER IS WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS TO RESTORE THE BIODIVERSITY IN THE WAIKATO PEAT LAKES CATCHMENTS.

 Currently Living Water is supporting the following projects:

  • Restoring and enhancing the riparian habitat of these lakes through re-vegetation, fish and animal pest management and weed control programmes
  • Installing silt traps to reduce the sediment filtering into the lakes
  • Improving public access and visitor facilities for the lakes
  • Supporting farmers by developing on-farm examples of practical drain management, silt traps, and biodiversity enhancement
  • Partnering with the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand to help with their restoration work at Lake Serpentine/Rotopiko. 
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Our Partners


Our Partners FOR THE WAIKATO PEAT LAKES

Our Partners


Our Partners FOR THE WAIKATO PEAT LAKES

our partners IN THE WAIKATO PEAT LAKES CATCHMENTS


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Fonterra Farmers: There are 12 Fonterra farmers in these catchments. Their individual and collective contributions are vital to the success of our programme.

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Ngāti Apakura: Holds mana whenua over Ruatuna and Rotomānuka and we havedeveloped a project to create a cultural health assessment and monitoring plan for these lakes.    Further opportunities to incorporate Mātauranga Māori in our work will develop over time.

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Waikato Tainui: Holds mana whenua over Areare and we are exploring ways to include the local Taupiri Marae in the programme. The first project is the re-establishment of cultural plant materials sites around the lake shores for eventual harvest.  

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Local Government: Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council: These agencies are actively involved in a wide range of shallow lake water quality and biodiversity enhancement activities. We seek to take advantage of their expertise and where appropriate complement and collaborate within and beyond the Living Water programme catchments.


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The National Wetland Trust of New Zealand: Has a long-running restoration project within this catchment.

The Lake Ruatuna Users Group and local schools: The Ruatuna Users Group provides help with upkeep around the lake. At Ruatuna, local schools have built an amenity block to facilitate outdoor education.

NZTA: Managing and treating storm water runoff from state highways offers opportunities to create wetland habitat and we are collaborating with NZTA at Rotomānuka and Areare.   

Waikato River Authority: A statutory agency that manages a substantial fund investing in water quality improvements across the whole of the Waikato River catchment.   


Fish and Game Waikato: A statutory agency that is active and experienced in wetland conservation projects and manages recreational game bird hunting across the Waikato Region.   

 

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Gallery


waikato peat lakes Gallery

Gallery


waikato peat lakes Gallery