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Otuihau clean up funding

 
This page contains information about a working group that has been set up to improve water quality at Otuihau-Whangarei Falls. 
Updated: 25/07/2017 8:18 p.m.

​Recently a major funding boost was received which will help a working group that has been set up to improve water quality at Otuihau-Whangarei Falls. 

Northland District Health Board, Northland Regional Council, Pehiaweri Marae, Tiki Pride, Whangarei District Council, and the Whitebait Connection joined forces in 2015 to focus on making the water at the falls healthier for people to swim in. orthland District Health Board, Northland Regional Council, Pehiaweri Marae, Tiki Pride, Whangarei District Council, and the Whitebait Connection joined forces in 2015 to focus on making the water at the falls healthier for people to swim in.

"Whangarei Falls and the Harbour are two of the greatest natural assets of the District enjoyed by locals and tourists,” said Nicki Wakefield, Chair of the working group.

“Whether swimming, boating or gathering food – being in contact with stream and harbour water is very much part of our culture in Northland.”

 “The problem is that tests are showing poor water quality at the falls, especially after heavy rain.” 

 “Scientific testing shows that the bacteria E. coli found in the water at the falls is coming from wild bird and cattle poo. People swimming in water that contains high levels of this bacteria have a higher risk of getting sick than when it’s at low levels.” 

A Ministry for the Environment Community Environment Fund grant of $258,000 over three years will help speed up the work the group has been doing.

The grant is to be used for fencing and planting to improve water quality in the catchment above the falls. 

 “A survey in 2015 showed only 10% of streams in the catchment above the falls are fenced,” said Northland Regional Council Farm Plan Manager, Lorna Douglas.

If you have a property in the catchment with an unfenced stream, contact Lorna on
0800 002 004. She can visit your property and discuss fencing and funding options with you. 

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