Under the New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 the government confiscated 1.2 million acres (486,000 hectares) of Maori land in late 1864. Kemp in The Horowhenua was forced to give and sell land to the Government agents who wanted legal fees, cheap grazing and survey costs which were unknown at the time. Maori lost a great deal of its lands and
Pākehā settlers would occupy the confiscated land while successive governments would bring in new laws like the Public Works Acts to confiscate even more lands. The Government in 2012 will not negotiate with the direct descendents hence urban authorities with indirect links to our direct descendent lines are now taking place yet it is an injustice to Maoridom. Letters to Ministers as of March 2nd 2013 have gone unanswered with even our Maori MP's turning a blind eye.
LAKE HOROWHENUA NATURAL DISASTER LAKE IN NZ
HOROWHENUA LAKE ACCORD CLEANUP 2013
THE ACCORD PROCESS
With the Council now seeking an Accord to clean up the Lake local Iwi have now banded together to form a community team to assist in the clean up with Raukawa.
Five groups have been invited to take part in the Lake Horowhenua Accord but this needs to be extended as even the majority of the 1511 owners have no say nor allowed to voice their opinions and it is their land. The 5 have a different role in the lake's management yet there has been no indication os the management structure; the monetary fund & the planned clean up.
But first of all to start anything the contamination must be stopped entering the Lake.
[ Check Horowhenua District Councils low rating in the 2013 League Rating for Councils in NZ ]. They are second to last so if you are in Levin on the 7th July at 2pm listen to Larry Mitchell exposing the District Councils blatent spending spree at the Salvation Army Hall 11 Durham Street,
Lake Horowhenua Trust: The elected representatives of lake's owners although many owners and we say at least 1200 owners are not even informed or know about this. But as at April 2013 the Lake Trustees are under investigation. The lake, along with a 20 metre strip around its edge, is owned by the owners, the majority of which are of the Mauapoko iwi.
Lake Horowhenua Trust: The elected representatives of lake's owners 1000+ owners are not even informed or know about this Accord. No owners have seen a Draft plan that came out in 2012. But as at April 2013 the Lake Trustees are under investigation. The lake, along with a 20 metre strip around its edge, is owned by the owners, the majority of which are of the Mauapoko iwi.
Horizons Regional Council:
The environmental regulatory grants consents for stormwater and wastewater disposal. Horizons also carries out water quality monitoring and weed spraying at the lake. HOWEVER they are not monitoring the inlets to the Lake the most important task and basically never have??? But in saying this they are happy that more groups join the Lobby Group and are happy to work with us.
Horowhenua District Council: is the local authority responsible for bylaws that govern the lake,and suposedly keep clean yet they have done little in fact nothing to relieve the problems of the Lake. They have no money to spend on stormwater and runoff into the Lake nor have money to spend on the Lake. Blame can not be put on Mayor Duffy as without the likes of Horizons etc, Nathan Guy, DOC these are the ones who must share repsonsibility and they have had many years to support the Council.
Department of Conservation: DOC is responsible for the flora and fauna at the lake but as we have seen thats all thats been done on the Lake. They have re-established native species with Iwi reps on the payroll in and around the lake and the control of pest species.
Lake Horowhenua Domain Board: With representatives of Horowhenua District Council, DOC and the lake trustees, this board manages the lake waters only and the use of the buildings? yet tend to talk about solving issues but has never implemented the clean up process or come up with any plans to rid the sludge in the Lake. They are in fact a dufunct Board that the Crown needs to get rid of as they get paid to meet yet never carry out what even speakers ask for.
SO WHERE IS THE DRAFT PLAN OF THE ACCORD AS NO OWNERS HAVE SEEN IT. NO OWNERS HAVE BEEN TOLD AND NO OWNERS MEETING AS AT 18TH MAY 2013 AND THE LAKE TRUSTEES WANT TO SIGN THIS ACCORD?????? SO BASICALLY THE HOROWHENUA DISTRICT COUNCIL GET OFF WITHOUT PAYING A CENT IN LOST INCOME TO US OWNERS. WHERES THE TOURISM, WHERES THE INPUT FROM COUNCIL---THERES NOTHING.
PROPOSED ACCORD PLAN CLEANUP: WHAT IS THE ACCORD
WHOSE READ IT?? US OWNERS HAVE NO SAY
The problem is the toxic sediment on the bottom of the Lake that must be removed and the following is how this can be achieved according to the budget provided. Over the decades, heavy metals and toxic organic chemicals--both municipal and industrial wastes and herbicides and pesticides from farm runoff--have mixed with the particles of rock, soil, and decomposing items in the Lake. Little attention has been paid to the toxics hiding in the mud on the bottom. The obvious first priority was stopping the discharge of new contaminants.
Now will the Council apologize for dumping the sludge and the dumb Lake Trustees sign without owners input remembering that 4 of the Lake Trustees are not even owners in the Lake. AND WILL THEY SAY THATS ok to the Mayor for dumping effluent over 24 years into our Lake. Will THEY THEN Allow the council zero liability because these idiots sign an Accord they know nothing about what it entails??
Would dredging the hot spots first be the better solution to start, then rechecked thus working within the required budget? Where to start first and end, noting the main inlets and outlet being the Hokio Stream.
This whole process could be accomplished using owners and overseen by the necessary authorities. It would also be a workable business for the owners to accomplish the same in other contaminated parts of NEW Zealand as we have a duty to our tipuna. This is another reason why us owners need to play their role in the Accord process and not be left out.
It has been 62 years that Horowhenua Lake has had sediment, sewerage and contaminants from dairy & horticulture in this Lake ? The Lake is choked with weed, sediment and manures from horticulture and dairy farm run offs account for 50% of the water runoff and this Lake is No 107 of a total 114 most contaminated Lakes in NZ by the Ministry of the Environment. Once rich in food sources from mussels to kakahi it has now been reduced to a contaminated mess.
Horizons have studied the fish species in the Lake but this is not the problem. The problem is the Lake is a giant toilet that someone forgot to flush. The Council do not care as they can spend all sorts on removing the weed with chinese lawnmowers year in and out & beautify the outside of ther lake so people can wear masks to not smell the stench in summer time? This achieves employment for a few nothing more. The real problem is to remove the sludge which is easy but even Max Gibbs the NIWA analyst could not even mention. To us its a rush job of who can get the work and blow it out to 25 years??? and then maybe never and signing an Accord without even the owners input it in itself downright wrong.
The blame is on all Maori not thinking and getting their act together. Too much bickering and nothing being achieved. Disgraceful.
All are too blame