Whakaki Lake residents invited to have say

Workshops to distill community ideas.

Workshops to distill community ideas.

A government regional growth programme is focussing on the Whakaki Lake catchment in a bid to identify a common vision for the future of the area.

WHAKAKI Lake catchment residents are being asked what they think can be done to improve the productivity and sustainability of the Whakaki catchment and lake area to help create economic diversity, jobs and environmental benefits.

Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) head of the regional growth programme Ben Dalton said a lot of work had been done in the Whakaki catchment area but there was room for improvement.

“The catchment has severe erosion and water quality issues that are affecting the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of the area, in particular on Whakaki Lake.”

He said this initiative was part of the government’s regional growth programme and is a collaboration between MPI, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Wairoa District Council.

“We’re looking to partner with the Whakaki community, including iwi, farmers and foresters, to explore and identify a common vision for the future of the Whakaki catchment. We want the community to define the issues, explore the opportunities and look at initiatives that will work for everyone,” Mr Dalton said.

“If we get this right we could stabilise erosion-prone farm land to minimise soil loss into the lake, improve water quality, trial alternative sustainable and economically viable land use options, and enhance the overall living standard of the local community by generating job opportunities.

“What we’re looking to do with the local community is ambitious but if we work together should be achievable. We want to ensure that the initiatives developed reflect the interest of locals. We have some ideas but it’s up to the local community to decide what needs to be done.”

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little said the initiative is a great project and encouraged the Whakaki community to support it.

“There’s some real potential here for good outcomes for the Whakaki community," he said.

"It’s great that MPI and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are partnering with the Wairoa District Council on this project."

Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor for Wairoa Fenton Wilson is a strong supporter of the project.

“The regional council has been working with the Whakaki community for the last five years to reduce erosion in the catchment through fencing, planting waterways and improving water quality in Lake Whakaki,” Mr Wilson said.

"This initiative, along with working closely with MPI and Wairoa District Council, will provide a real boost to efforts to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of the Whakaki community and wider Wairoa district."

Mr Dalton said the initiative involved interviews and workshops with local people who live around the catchment to define the issues, prioritise local needs, generate ideas and develop solutions for potential implementation. The ideas would then be written into a business case to highlight the viability of the initiatives.

WHAKAKI Lake catchment residents are being asked what they think can be done to improve the productivity and sustainability of the Whakaki catchment and lake area to help create economic diversity, jobs and environmental benefits.

Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) head of the regional growth programme Ben Dalton said a lot of work had been done in the Whakaki catchment area but there was room for improvement.

“The catchment has severe erosion and water quality issues that are affecting the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of the area, in particular on Whakaki Lake.”

He said this initiative was part of the government’s regional growth programme and is a collaboration between MPI, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Wairoa District Council.

“We’re looking to partner with the Whakaki community, including iwi, farmers and foresters, to explore and identify a common vision for the future of the Whakaki catchment. We want the community to define the issues, explore the opportunities and look at initiatives that will work for everyone,” Mr Dalton said.

“If we get this right we could stabilise erosion-prone farm land to minimise soil loss into the lake, improve water quality, trial alternative sustainable and economically viable land use options, and enhance the overall living standard of the local community by generating job opportunities.

“What we’re looking to do with the local community is ambitious but if we work together should be achievable. We want to ensure that the initiatives developed reflect the interest of locals. We have some ideas but it’s up to the local community to decide what needs to be done.”

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little said the initiative is a great project and encouraged the Whakaki community to support it.

“There’s some real potential here for good outcomes for the Whakaki community," he said.

"It’s great that MPI and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are partnering with the Wairoa District Council on this project."

Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor for Wairoa Fenton Wilson is a strong supporter of the project.

“The regional council has been working with the Whakaki community for the last five years to reduce erosion in the catchment through fencing, planting waterways and improving water quality in Lake Whakaki,” Mr Wilson said.

"This initiative, along with working closely with MPI and Wairoa District Council, will provide a real boost to efforts to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of the Whakaki community and wider Wairoa district."

Mr Dalton said the initiative involved interviews and workshops with local people who live around the catchment to define the issues, prioritise local needs, generate ideas and develop solutions for potential implementation. The ideas would then be written into a business case to highlight the viability of the initiatives.

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