December 21, 2017
Te Arawa tackles climate change
A working group has been set up to help Te Arawa iwi and hapu tackle climate change.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust environment manager Nicki Douglas says the group will help communities prepare for the effects of climate change as well as take steps to slow its advance.
She says some of the impacts are already evident, such as increased water levels in the lakes due to high rainfall.
People are concerned at the impact on horticulture and agriculture which are the tribe’s economic base.
Ms Douglas says Te Arawa has a history of responding to environmental changes, such as the way it recovered from the Mt Tarawera eruption at the close of the 19th century.
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