Māori mourn

Lake Waikare of old at karakia

Local Māori have lamented the loss of the Lake Waikare of old at a karakia ahead of $1.3 million in repairs to the northern flood control gate.

A regional councillor, meanwhile, used Monday’s occasion to take a swipe at central Government for failing to front up a fairer share of cash for such work, which is part of a wider scheme protecting nationally important transport links.

Lake Waikare faces multiple issues, including algae that can turn it green and orange, run-off of nutrients from nearby farms, koi carp infestation, sediment build-ups, and problems migrating and breeding for tuna, whitebait and other species.

Glen Tupuhi, chair of the Ngā Muka Development Trust involving marae around the lake, said the council invited locals to do a karakia on Monday ahead of the repair work starting shortly.

Link to article: Māori mourn Lake Waikare of old at karakia | Stuff.co.nz


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