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LAKE HOROWHENUA --NATURAL DISASTER LAKE IN NZ update April 2013 who knows this Lake better than any Iwi Representatives & accompanied by Fairfax Media reporters from the Palmerston North Evening standard with pics from Murray Wilson & report from Mathew Grocott:


  An excellent observation to date  

Kaumatua Charles Rudd at the Lake 2013 but read on.

Larry.N.Mitchell. Finance & Policy Analyst. Larry produces this league table for the 67 local authorities in NZ. It measures economic sustainability and affordability but check it out and you will get a shock at what Horowhenua District Council is doing & now wants to spew more sewerage waste in Shannon but not on their $4m farm they just bought- June 2013??.

(Local Government). PO Box 404 103, Puhoi 0951, Auckland, NZ. Ph 09 422 0598 Mobile 0274 792 328.

Click here to download the 2nd to worst District

Council in NZ---yes Horowhenua District Council has won the prize [OPEN pdf: ]

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, Durham St.

The lakebed, dewatered zone, islands and the Hokio Stream are owned by beneficial members of the Muaupoko tribe 1511 of them in 81 shares, as determined by the Reserves and other Lands Disposal Act (ROLD) 1956. The lake waters Muaupoko Domain, dewatered zone and one chain reserve strip in front of the Muaupoko Domain are vested under the Reserves Act 1977 in the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board. To date they have achieved nothing and even today sewerage is released into the Horowhenua Lake by the Council when it is overloaded? The Horowhenua Lake has sediments on the bottom so pronounced with toxins that the Council and Horizons have neglected in their responsibilities over many years. Algael blooms form which are caused by super dangerous cyanobacteria and are everywhere and weeds choke the Lake-- you cannot swim in this Lake let alone walk in it as one of our Kaumatua nearly drowned near the Weir by the oulet to Hokio Stream due to the sludge that has piled up in this Lake.


Pipes run into the tributary ways into the Lake Horowhenua & Council is not policing

[ Read Domain minutes ] & will the Minister for the Environment check the minutes & see if any action or inaction by the Domain Board is apparent which it is??? Has the council listened to speakers; to Maroi owners??? is our private land ours or the Councils. Then say to yourself what if the Council dumped sewerage on your land over a period of 62 years & this same Council lead by Mayor Duffy want to lead an Accord to clean it up---- but owners need to have a say as well??? The council polluted our awa--waterways, they have dessecrated our spiritual lands--- they neither accept responsibility and Iwi reps do not report back to us owners saying need more scientific research on the environmental impact at the Feb 2013 meeting--how long does it take to clean this Lake?? Remember also the Muaupoko Tribal Authority [MTA] work behind the scenes and say nothing.


Independent study lifts optimism for lake quality


A study of pest fish in Lake Horowhenua has created optimism about the potential recovery of the waterway. Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy said there had been some "very strong views" expressed about the dire state of the lake in the past but the Waikato University research showed things were better than some had stated. This is because the sludge at the bottom with toxic emelements has solidified and the pest fish flourish as with the weeds. What was once a prestine Lake Taupo is now reduced to an open sewer as at June 2013

Waikato University researchers presented their findings to a meeting of members of the proposed Lake Horowhenua Accord on Friday. "We have been fishing for four days and are very happy with how things have gone," university scientist Grant Tempero said. "In terms of pest fish we found large perch fish but not a high population. There are also goldfish and a few carp but these are again at low numbers. As for other fish, we caught 1796 eels in our nets, there is a good population of native bully and even some whitebait. "At this stage I'd say the future of the lake looks promising. . . We've observed there is plenty of food and so still a lot of hope for the fish population." What they do not say is that the Lake is actually dead yet why are they not monitoring the inlets first to stop continued sediment flows into the Lake

Mr Duffy said the research was independent and showed the health of fish stocks in the lake was good. It backed up anecdotal evidence from rowers who had, he said, for a long time reported seeing fish jumping from the water. Independent then who paid for this research and the fish jumping out of the Lake or was it some rower who splashed his paddle

Mr Duffy said the proposed lake accord had been drawn up and just needed to be signed by the Lake Horowhenua Trust before it could be put into action. So how do you action a poisoned Lake that has no mention of removal of the sludge at the bottom. The land belongs to us owners and why is it yet another Accord when the last 2 have never been actioned. Is it because the Council have no money after paying $4m for a farm in Shannon.

The document spelled out a 20-year timeline of actions for the lake with measurable goals, though Mr Duffy said the Waikato findings could mean the lake was two or three years closer to reaching those 20-year targets than previously thought. As you see 20 years when it has already been 62 years in the making and blatent polluting during all these years. If we have already seen accords why wasn't the work carried out and he wants another 20years to complete a task that we dredging our Lake can take 2 years in the making.

"We're starting from further forward, the reality is there for all to see," Mr Duffy said. Horizons Regional Council freshwater and science manager Dr Jon Roygard said the results of the study were encouraging. "Goldfish and perch are known to have negative impacts on water quality in some places, so knowing they are at a low level is promising," he said. "The research also shows whitebait and mullet are present in low numbers which indicates there would be real value in installing a fish pass at the lake weir to enable them to move freely between the lake and the sea to complete their life cycle." The fish pass needs to be installed and in fact the stream needs to be at a higher level back to when it had the normal flow as was dug out. The fish study however is an indicator but it will be more encouraging to action the sludge not in 20 years time when more sediment is brought into the Lake but now.

The parties to the accord - Horizons, Department of Conservation, Horowhenua District Council, Horowhenua Lake Trustees and the Lake Domain Board - met on Friday to discuss steps for the restoration of the lake. They are still working on a formal document which will list goals and a timeline for the waterway's improvement. Not been done as at June 2013 and the Council tried to get signing earkly morning at a 7.30am meeting in May 3oth which failed to gain the necessary signatures.

Dr Roygard said the next steps in monitoring the condition of the lake would include the installation of a flow recording site and a lake level monitoring site, to help inform future decisions. What a load of rubbish--where are the inlet monitors??

"Beyond monitoring we are also undertaking further stream fencing and planting around the lake and its tributaries," he said. This will not happen & a waste of time as this is not the problem. Needs a new plan is to get the sludge out.

- © Fairfax NZ News & in RED by Te Keepa descendents.

The reporter in this report has written many articles about the Lake to date and understands and knows this Lake moreso than even the local Chronicle reporter.

A meeting regarding the status of the Lake was held? These concerned group of Owners decided to seek a Judicial Review in the High Court to seek a decision and clarification as to which legislative ACT governs Lake Horowhenua and the Lake Horowhenua Trustees. Is it the Te Ture Whenua Act or Sec 18 of the Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Act 1956. This meeting was held for the Owners to consider and support our application to the High Court and around 50 owners attended. Owners seeking more information can email to Colin PAKI [ SEND EMAIL ]


Independent Niwa Fresh water Scientist Max Gibbs in Feb 2012 said if a kid drank the water they would probably die? Due to what Mr Gibbs did nothing has been achieved since with the Domain Board & the Maori members of this Board still do not have input of their own???? 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 / kakahi it has now been reduced to a contaminated mess.

Other Lake reports come from Barry Gilliland, Vant, Sarah Williams & Horizons compliance manager Alison Russell & more--so why in 2013 still no clean up?? no plan on how to clean it up, no Council wanting to say they owe us Maori owners not just an apology but also compensation, nothing for the benefit of Horowhenua citizens.

Taken by the Evening Standard News editors on 22nd March 2013 shows the water in the Lake

The weir which runs into the Hokio Stream

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. All efforts to address the Horowhenua Lake have fallen apart due to too many committees & trustees who are not skilled at enacting the necessary plans to focus on the recovery efforts of this Lake.

These are ongoing issues that should have been sorted out years ago--- the Chairman of the Lake Trustees needs to liase with his Trust before comments are made to the media --- which has occurred in articles in the Horowhenua Mail and Chronicle.

But efforts although positive continue to flounder as each organisation does their own thing. We are awaiting comments from the Ministers..................!!!!!!!!!!

Source: Horowhenua Mail 16th Feb 2012

The meeting set for Sept 22nd never eventuated--no notification to owners?? & will SWORD BEND TO THE Mayors want to gain a resource consent so he can continue to pollute our Lake when he has no resource consent? If its not the Lake its our Landfill but read on.

Letter to the editor in the Levin Chronicle Publication 2nd Oct 2013

Neighbourhood Liaison Group LEVIN 22ND SEPT 2013

Duffy's Dump: This letter was not published by the Levin Chronicle?

In a previous election you may recall Major Duffy telling us that the “fantastic landfill” was going to bring half a million dollars in revenue to the community per annum. He couldn’t have got it more wrong. The facts are it has cost the ratepayers millions because council had to comply after the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment did an investigation into HDC’s operations. The (PCE) gave a damming report because of lack of consultation with the community and non-compliance with the resource management act. 

We, as the Neighbourhood Liaison Group have tried for years to get the true facts and figures but the Council still refuse to reveal the true financials (under the commercial sensitivity clause that strangely favours international corporate interests above the public good), very frustrating for a community group trying to preserve the local environment.

Landfill’s built in permeable sand country can never contain all the toxic leachate no matter how much ratepayer’s money is thrown at them…fact. To add insult to injury two thirds of the unscreened rubbish is now imported from outside the region, something you don’t read about in the “Community Connection”.

What Mayor Duffy has been promoting has proved to be an economical and environmental mess. What a shame under Duffy’s watch Horowhenua has resorted to such third world tactics and what a legacy for future generations to live with.

   Malcolm Hadlum (Neighbourhood Liaison Group)

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


Read more from the GREEN PARTY about the pollution & inaction of the Horowhenua Council & the Mayor Duffy who spent over $10m on a council building yet nothing on the Lake devastation as we write and NO PLAN on how it will be cleaned. The Maori Party was not interested at this time April 2013?

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