August 06, 2019
Iwi sensors say rāhui can be lifted
A rāhui placed on the upper reaches of the Waikato River after last month's wastewater spills into Lake Taupō has been lifted.
Ngāti Tahu – Ngāti Whaoa Rūnanga Trust, supported by Te Arawa River Iwi Trust, asked people not to gather food from Te Waiheke o Huka or Huka Falls to Pōhaturoa or Atiamuri.
Rūnanga environment manager Evelyn Forrest says people who normally fish for trout, eel and koura and gather watercress in the area have been very respectful of the long-standing Māori custom.
She says tests show E.coli levels had returned to normal.
Since last year that stretch of the river has been monitored by the iwi using five RiverSense sensors that report on a range of indicators of river quality including dissolved oxygen, temperature, PH, turbidity and nitrates.
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