June 02, 2017
Lake kaitiaki up for Green Ribbon award
Ngati Kahu’s efforts to protect a Northland lake, rubbish reduction campaign Para Kore Marae Inc, and a partnership with iwi to restore the ecological vitality of Taranaki Mounga are among the finalists in this year’s Green Ribbon Awards for conservation.
Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu was nominated in the kaitiaki leadership category for its efforts to clean up Lake Waiporohita on the Karikari Peninsula,
Chief executive Anahera Herbert-Greaves says the work is being done in partnership with Northland Regional council which is willing to take guidance from the iwi.
She says farm run off and an influx of tourists and new residents had almost killed the shallow dune lake.
"Residents who not only washed their boats and stuff but also did things like dump unwanted pet fish that bred like maggots, ate out the inanga, ate the tuna. The worst pollution is coming from the geese, which over the past 20 years seem to have exploded, particularly the Canadian Geese," Ms Herbert-Greaves says.
Maori-owned Moana New Zealand is also up for an award for the Maui dolphin protection plan it has developed with fellow inshore fishing company Sanford.
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